Businessman Donald Trump is expected to be nominated for president during the Republican National Convention in July. Photo by andykatz/iStock

By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

ARTBA Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Bill Toohey and Senior Vice President for Government Relations Dave Bauer urged senior Republican National Committee (RNC) staff to include language in the 2016 Republican Party Platform calling for a continued strong federal role in transportation infrastructure investment.

At the June 6 meeting with other transportation stakeholders, they recommended the GOP policy principles highlight the impact transportation infrastructure investment has on enhancing U.S. economic competitiveness.  They pointed out the need to increase investment in the National Freight Network. The ARTBA executives also suggested the platform call for alleviation of federal procurement barriers that impede the utilization of innovative patented and proprietary products on federal-aid highway and bridge projects. 

ARTBA President & CEO Pete Ruane wrote May 31 to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to point out the very pro-transportation statements included in every GOP platform dating back to 2000.  Ruane urged Priebus to “again acknowledge the extraordinary role transportation infrastructure plays in the nation’s economic growth, competitiveness quality of life and also reassert the Party’s support for a strong federal role in its provision.”