More than 400 transportation design and construction executives and labor union officials came to Washington today to discuss the situation with the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and the status of highway and transit reauthorization as part of the annual Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-in. TCC members heard from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, House T&I Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), and Senate EPW Committee Ranking Member David Vitter (R-La.)
Foxx outlined the need for a long-term transportation infrastructure solution and highlighted the Obama Administration’s four-year, $302 billion reauthorization proposal known as the GROW AMERICA Act, while Sen. Vitter and Rep. Shuster discussed their respective chambers’ legislative plans. Rep. Blumenauer called for an increase in the federal gas tax. All expressed a desire for a multi-year transportation investment bill.
TCC members will head to Capitol Hill Wednesday for a day of meetings with their representatives and senators to discuss the highway funding crisis, its impacts on their businesses and state transportation programs, and to push for congressional action soon on the HTF and MAP-21 reauthorization. The TCC is co-chaired by ARTBA and AGC of America.