By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory affairs & assistant general counsel, ARTBA

ARTBA continues to support efforts to streamline the transportation project review and approval process.

In a May 3 statement to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the association detailed project streamlining successes over multiple surface transportation reauthorization bills and highlighted areas for improvement.

ARTBA also underscored that benefits from any streamlining efforts will go unrealized if there is not a permanent solution to address long-term stability for the Highway Trust Fund, which “needs to be addressed to provide states full confidence to undertake large-scale new transportation improvements.”

The seven-page statement was presented for the Senate committee’s hearing entitled “Infrastructure Project Streamlining and Efficiency: Achieving Faster, Better and Cheaper Results.” It also attached a copy of ARTBA’s “Ripe for Reform” report, which was released in January.