Highway Trust Fund secure through July

Congress voted in late May to extend Federal highway and transit program funding for another two months.  Safe through July 2015!  As Pete Ruane, President of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), noted: “The good news is that Congress didn’t punt on the program for the rest of the year, putting the 2016 construction season in jeopardy.” ...

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ARTBA has a great idea for “Getting Beyond Gridlock”

A new television commercial from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) presents some very sensible recommendations for fixing the Highway Trust Fund for the long term. Instead of relying on temporary budget solutions to fund the nation’s highway and transit program, the commercial points out that a $0.15 increase in the highway user fee...

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‘Drivers, Start Your Engines’ – Thanksgiving Weekend is Going to Have Roadways Busy

The countdown has begun. No, not for Christmas. The countdown has begun for the busiest day of the year. No, not Black Friday. The busiest day on our nation’s roads is here! The day before Thanksgiving – Wednesday – TODAY – is traditionally the busiest travel day in our nation. And with some of the lowest gasoline prices in several years, Americans are more likely to be...

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Long Term Funding for Roads and Bridges – Public Consensus needed!

The U.S. Congress has taken a lot of heat about its ability to sidestep important decisions. The new Highway Bill is a prime example. Passed in the Senate just days before the Highway Trust Fund ran out of cash, the new bill has been characterized as a temporary fix, another Band-Aid or “kicking the can down the road” once again. And rightly so!  Rather than seeking a...

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Secretary Foxx and former DOT Secretaries send Open Letter to Congress

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and 11 of his predecessors sent an important message to Congress this week.  In an Open Letter, they acknowledge that Congress will likely act to avoid insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund.  And that the current bill – passed last week in the House and now pending in the Senate – should extend surface transportation funding until May...

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New ARTBA campaign highlights transportation investment needs

The ARTBA “Transportation Makes America Work!” program (TMAW) recently launched a fact-filled information campaign that shines a bright spotlight on America’s highway and transit investment needs. Under the headline “The Shocking Truth”, the new campaign highlights the impact that transportation investment – or the lack of it – has on American families and businesses....

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