With a congressional deadline for transportation funding looming, ARTBA’s 2015 Federal Issues Program (FIP) & Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-in lands in the Nation’s Capital April 13-15.

Confirmed speakers include U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa). Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) also are scheduled to address the gathering.

ARTBA Chairman Nick Ivanoff, president and CEO of Ammann & Whitney, said it’s important to keep the heat on Congress to find a permanent solution for the HTF and end the cycle of uncertainty.

“While there understandably might be battle fatigue among some when it comes to dealing with lawmakers, there is reason for hope and cautious optimism,” he wrote in the current issue of Transportation Builder. “Political leaders of both parties in both chambers have publicly acknowledged the scope of the HTF problem and the need to deliver a bipartisan solution.”

Nearly 200 people have registered for the FIP, and over 500 are expected for the TCC, which is being held at the Hyatt Regency Washington, as well as off-site trips to Capitol Hill. These industry members will be turning up the heat on Congress, while also learning valuable information and expanding their business networks.