Thank you for your ongoing support of ARTBA. At this mid-point of 2019, I wanted to provide a status report about how we are working in Washington, D.C., to help advance our industry’s collective interests.
ARTBA remains laser-focused on pressing for congressional action on a permanent Highway Trust Fund (HTF) revenue solution and passage of a robust transportation infrastructure package. The good news is that House leaders are working toward a comprehensive infrastructure package and have scheduled floor time for debate later this summer. The Senate is planning to accelerate its version the highway and transit reauthorization bill in 2019, instead of 2020. Infrastructure investment remains an area for common ground between the House and Senate. It will no doubt be a heavy lift in the current political—and often theatrical—environment, but we remain cautiously optimistic.
We encourage you to keep pressure on your members of Congress when they are home at the month-long August recesses. Invite them to your headquarters or job site, introduce them to your employees, and tell them you expect them to act this year on an HTF fix and infrastructure package.
Among the other key activities the association and its volunteer leaders have initiated:
Legislative & Regulatory
ARTBA Chairman Bob Alger in January announced the creation of the “Project 2019 Reauthorization Task Force.” The group, comprised of 26 members from all eight membership divisions, was charged with developing the industry’s legislative blueprint for the next highway and transit bill. It was co-chaired by Paula Hammond (WSP USA) and Tim Duit (Duit Construction). The task force produced a thoughtful and comprehensive 32-page report, “The Road to the Next Federal Highway & Public Transit Investment Bill,” which was unanimously approved during the May 14 ARTBA Board meeting. We are also sharing it with key members of Congress.
Through the Transportation Makes America Work (TMAW) program, we have continued to bolster our messaging on the HTF and infrastructure package. It has included: national public opinion polling; the release of the 6th Annual Bridge Conditions Report; the launch of a Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) digital, paid social and television ad campaign, and ARTBA opinion pieces that appeared in national and local newspapers. The TMAW-supported Transportation Investment Advocacy Center is also tracking and continually reporting on more than 300 state transportation funding measures in 46 states.
Seizing on the Trump administration’s regulatory reform agenda, ARTBA has submitted comments 10 times to federal agencies on proposals relating to proprietary products, National Environmental Policy Act, project-labor agreements and “Waters of the United States.”
Safety Certification Program
The ARTBA Foundation’s Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) program continues to grow. From January through the end of May, 97 candidates took the certification exam. A total of 360 professionals from 83 companies and agencies in 37 states and D.C.,have earned the credential since late 2016. ARTBA Planning & Design Division leaders issued a challenge to fellow division members to send at least 25 employees through the SCTPP program during 2019. To date, AECOM, Burns & McDonnell, HDR, HNTB, CKL Engineering and Terracon have accepted.
New Programs & Services
In early June, ARTBA’s Transportation Builder Institute hosted the first-ever “Transportation Construction Professional Development Week for more than 30 industry professionals. It featured the Safety Training, Certification Preparation & Project Management Academy, and the 11th Annual Law & Regulatory Forum.
We’ve also launched an ARTBA Newsline Podcast available via the iTunes store with interviews and the latest transportation-related developments from the Nation’s Capital and introduced a new Affinity Program to better reflect the partnership between ARTBA and companies seeking to provide member discounts on select products and services.
We are entering the heart of ARTBA meetings season. We encourage you and your select employees to participate in these upcoming events:
- July 17: 6th Annual National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates (Washington, D.C.)
- July 17-19: 31st Annual National P3 in Transportation Conference (D.C.)
- Sept. 22-25: National Convention “Roadbotics & Artificial Intelligence: A New Era in Transportation Design & Construction” (Savannah, Ga.)
- Four Regional Meetings: Northeastern (Philadelphia, Oct. 23-24); Southern featuring the Don Brock TransOvation™ Workshop (Miami Beach, Oct. 28-29); Central (Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 6-7); and Western (San Antonio, Nov. 13-14). (Registration and agenda website launching later this summer.)
Thanks again for your continued leadership in ARTBA. Please contact me or anyone on the ARTBA staff if we can improve your membership experience.