By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

ARTBA Vice President of Regulatory & Legal Issues Nick Goldstein addressed regulatory reform and other aspects of the next surface transportation reauthorization at a July 24 meeting of the Blue Dog Democratic Caucus in Washington, D.C. The Blue Dogs are a coalition of centrist-leaning Democrats.

ARTBA was the only transportation construction association asked to speak at the event. Copies of ARTBA’s Project 2019 Reauthorization Task Force Policy Report were distributed.

At the meeting, Goldstein emphasized fixing the Highway Trust Fund as a priority for the reauthorization. The potential benefits of regulatory reform, he explained, would have less impact if states do not have a stable source of funding for long-term transportation improvements.

Goldstein also focused on requiring states to take full advantage of the project delivery reforms that have already been passed by Congress in previous surface transportation reauthorizations.