By Lauren Schapker, vice president of legislative affairs
ARTBA April 9 delivered a letter to House and Senate leadership highlighting the critical role transportation construction plays in rebuilding the American economy while also supporting a request from state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) of $50 billion to shore up budgets facing declining motor fuels tax revenues.
In addition to supporting the request from the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), ARTBA outlined a path to create economic growth through investment in transportation infrastructure. The three components of the plan include:
- Investment increases sufficient to improve infrastructure conditions and enhance productivity;
- Five-year, at least, duration to leverage expansion-oriented state and private sector plans; and
- Minimal to no implementation process to ensure rapid delivery of projects and benefits.
The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act surface transportation law expires Sept. 30, but ARTBA continues to push for passage of a new surface transportation reauthorization well in advance of this deadline to reduce uncertainty for state DOTs.
Congress continues to grapple with economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and plans to enact additional relief and recovery legislation. ARTBA is working with congressional offices to include significant investment in transportation infrastructure as a part of any economic recovery bill.
Visit ARTBA’s coronavirus response webpage for analysis of recent legislation related to the pandemic.