ACPA and about 30 other organizations* sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging an immediate $49.95 billion infusion of federal funding for state DOTs.
“Preserving the continuity of state transportation programs now will help forestall further job losses in public and private sectors and allow planned transportation projects to move forward,” the letter says. Copies of the letter were sent to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.
The letter adds that many state governments are facing severe losses in revenues, including dedicated user fee revenues on which State DOTs heavily rely. Projections continue to show decreases in state motor fuel tax and toll receipts as nationwide vehicle traffic reduction bottomed out at about 50 percent in early April.
The letter says AASHTO estimates a 30% average decline in state transportation revenues through 2021 and adds some states could experience losses as high as 45 percent. “This urgently needed funding will prevent disruptions to planned transportation projects and allow state DOT employees and transportation construction workers essential to planning and delivering these projects to remain on the job.” Click here to see the letter.
* The groups, representing AHUA, the HMG, TCC, and State DOTs included: American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, American Concrete Pavement Association, American Council of Engineering Companies, American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Traffic Safety Services Association, Associated Equipment Distributors, Associated General Contractors, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Auto Care Association, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc., Greyhound Lines, Inc., Maryland Asphalt Association, Mercer Strategic Alliance, Inc., Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), NACE International, NACE International Institute, National Asphalt Pavement Association, National Asphalt Pavement Association, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Portland Cement Association, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, RV Industry Association, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association, Tire Industry Association, Trinity Highway Products, LLC.
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