By John Schneidawind, ARTBA vice president, public affairs

Since Aug. 3, ARTBA members have made more than 250 connections with senators across the country, via email or tweet, urging them to pass “America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act”  (ATIA), reauthorization legislation that for the first time in nearly 15 years would significantly increase investment in traditional core highway accounts and create several new initiatives and pilot programs. ATIA was unanimously approved by the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee on July 30. The Senate Commerce, Banking and Finance Committees still need to address policy issues under their respective jurisdictions.

ARTBA members can continue doing their part to keep up the pressure to advance ATIA while senators are home for the remainder of August by visiting ARTBA’s Grassroots Advocacy Center. By typing in your address, you will be connected to both senators and can send them an email or a tweet in about 30 seconds.

Read ARTBA’s analysis of ATIA.

In addition to asking for grassroots support, ARTBA is encouraging its members to arrange district meetings or site visits with their congressional delegation over August. A memo sent by ARTBA’s government relations team can help prepare you for such meetings.

Contact ARTBA Senior Vice President for Congressional Relations Dean Franks with questions or if you need assistance.