By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory affairs & assistant general counsel, ARTBA
ARTBA has launched a major effort to improve the federal regulatory environment for the transportation construction industry, timed to coincide with the incoming Donald Trump administration. While ARTBA continues to advocate for major new federal investments in transportation projects, the association has also developed a detailed listing of more than 20 regulations and other policy actions that affect – and often undermine – the industry’s commitment to delivering projects as efficiently, safely and timely as possible.
ARTBA is sharing its recommendations – entitled “Ripe for Reform: Federal Regulatory Issues Impacting Transportation Project Delivery” – with transition officials for President-elect Trump, as well as House and Senate transportation leaders and their staff. ARTBA will also present the report to incoming federal agency officials when they take office with the new administration. Citing the president-elect’s oft-stated commitment to investing major dollars to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure, ARTBA’s recommendations note that “(l)essening the transportation construction industry’s unreasonable regulatory burden will maximize the value of the significant new dollars being invested in transportation improvement projects, unleash innovation in designing and building them, and take full advantage of job-creation possibilities.”
The compilation document addresses existing rules, proposed rules, guidance and executive orders currently in place, many of which were issued by the outgoing Obama administration. These include regulations and policies administered by the U. S. Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of the Interior, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
In addition to developing the recommendations based on its ongoing participation in the federal regulatory process, ARTBA also received input from members of its “Project 2019” Task Force of industry leaders, as well as officers of its Council of State Executives and other key volunteers. ARTBA will continue to revise its recommendations as new regulatory challenges arise. This includes carefully monitoring last-minute regulatory actions by the Obama administration before it leaves office.
Member and chapter contributions to ARTBA’s “Transportation Makes America Work!” program support ARTBA’s regulatory advocacy efforts, as well as related litigation when necessary.