ARTBA, as part of a coalition of 115 trade associations, March 23 urged the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the “Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development” (RAPID) Act of 2015. The legislation applies project delivery reforms from the past three surface transportation program reauthorization bills to other federal construction projects. This includes limiting lawsuits and deadlines for federal permit decisions.
ARTBA Chairman Nick Ivanoff testified before the House Judiciary Committee nearly two years ago on an earlier version of the legislation. He explained that achieving regulatory reforms—which the RAPID Act seeks to emulate—in the transportation project review and approval process had been a 15-year evolution.
The proposed legislation was voted favorably out of the Judiciary Committee March 24 and now awaits a vote before the full House of Representatives. Read the coalition letter.