By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

ARTBA this week supported the Trump administration’s proposal to modernize the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) at two separate events.

At a Feb. 24 press conference hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, ARTBA President & CEO Dave Bauer noted that the average 7-year time frame for the completion of new federal-aid transportation projects is too long.  He said the reforms are “a common-sense continuation of the long-term effort to deliver needed transportation projects for America,” some of which are included in the Senate’s “America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act” (ATIA) reauthorization.

ARTBA Vice President of Regulatory and Legal Issues Nick Goldstein delivered a statement at the Council on Environmental Quality’s Feb. 25 hearing on the proposal. He highlighted how opponents have “weaponized NEPA’s outdated review procedures” to delay projects in Washington, D.C., Denver, and Houlton, Wisconsin.

ARTBA has created a summary of the Trump administration’s proposals to modernize NEPA as well as guidelines for submitting comments before the government’s March 10 deadline. Download the two-page document.

It’s critical to make your voice heard to counter industry opponents. If you have questions, or need assistance in filing comments, please contact Goldstein at ngoldstein@artba.org, or call him at 202.683.1005.

PHOTO: Dave Bauer, third from left, at Feb. 24 event.