ARTBA President and CEO Dave Bauer June 3 issued a statement about the “INVEST in America Act,” a surface transportation legislative proposal that calls for spending $494 billion over five-years to repair the nation’s roads, bridges, rail and public transportation systems. House Democrats on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee released the bill earlier in the day.
If America can put astronauts back in space for the first time in nearly a decade with a little help from the private sector, surely we can do something similar to modernize our aging transportation network.
With the most severe economic disruption since the Great Depression and continuity of state transportation improvement programs in doubt, the case for Congress to deliver a robustly funded infrastructure bill has never been stronger.
The transportation construction industry, in partnership with public agency officials, is ready to rebuild the nation’s highways, bridges and public transit systems.
The release of the House bill complements efforts already underway in the Senate. The FAST Act transportation law expires in less than 120 days. It’s time to hit the gas on the legislative process to ensure that infrastructure investment springboards economic recovery.