By Lauren Schapker, vice president of legislative affairs

ARTBA President & CEO Dave Bauer has provided the transportation design and construction industry’s priorities to the incoming Biden administration’s U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) “agency review team.” He also renewed ARTBA’s commitment to be a key resource for the federal agency. 

“The Biden administration can use transportation investment to overcome partisan intransigence and facilitate economic renewal, while reaffirming the United States as a world leader in freight mobility, safety, and innovation,” Bauer said in a Nov. 19 letter.

See the letter and support material.

The agency review teams are responsible for learning the operations of the federal agency and will prepare reports to help the new administration hit the ground running once it is inaugurated Jan. 20, 2021.

Bauer noted three opportunities he hopes the incoming administration will prioritize:  

  • Multi-year reauthorization legislation that includes substantial increases in highway and public transportation investment.
  • Streamlining project delivery to maximize the economic and employment benefits from these projects as soon as possible while maintaining environmental stewardship.
  • Continued focus on work zone safety with the aspirational goal of zero fatalities among transportation construction workers and motorists. 

Phil Washington, executive director of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency, leads the 19-member U.S. DOT review team. It includes organized labor representatives, major metropolitan transportation agency leaders, former Obama administration officials, and clean energy advocates. The group does not include representatives from system users or the transportation design and construction industry.

ARTBA will continue to engage with the review team and new administration and encourage the use of transportation infrastructure investment to rebuild and modernize the economy.