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

ARTBA highlighted regulatory initiatives that add unnecessary costs and impede the delivery of needed transportation infrastructure initiatives in July 24 comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT). Specifically, the association noted that “in recent years the rulemaking process has morphed from something intended to protect the public interest into a tool to achieve policy and political objectives, many of which are largely unrelated  to improving our transportation infrastructure.”

The U.S. DOT is reviewing its regulations in response to an executive order from President Donald Trump.  ARTBA also provided the agency with the most recent update of “Ripe for Reform: Federal Regulatory Issues Impacting Transportation Project Delivery,” a  report that targets nearly two dozen areas of concern, not all of them under EPA jurisdiction.  ARTBA will remain actively engaged with the DOT and other agencies as they continue to advance President Trump’s goals for regulatory reform.