ACPA and 39 other coalition members* sent a letter to House and Senate Majority and Minority Leaders (with copies to all US Senators) urging support of an immediate infusion of at least $37 billion to state departments of transportation. This is based on updated state dot revenue estimates over five years (through FY 2024), with an estimated loss of $16 billion in FY 2020.
The coalition expressed gratitude to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for their continued leadership in providing “stability and relief to the American people and the U.S. economy that are reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The organizations emphasized that the funding will “ensure the delivery of planned transportation projects whose benefits will extend far beyond this pandemic and forestall further job losses in the public and private sectors.”
The letter emphasizes that state motor fuel tax and toll receipts dropped nationwide as vehicle traffic reduction bottomed out at about 50 percent during the height of the pandemic. This severe drop in revenues threatens the ability of state DOTs to carry out their core functions, including capital construction programs. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, many state DOTs have imposed furloughs and delayed or cancelled $8.6 billion in critical transportation projects, putting at risk transportation construction jobs and the timely realization of benefits those projects bring to communities and commerce.”
The message in this letter is similar to those sent by ACPA and coalition partners, including AHUA, the HMG, TCC, and State DOTs, ACPA-chapters, and other dozens of organizations in the past few months. This messaging strategy is an important and effective way to inform Congress and ensure elected officials understand and respond to the dire situation our state DOTs are facing. Click here to see the complete letter.
* The coalition included the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, American Coal Ash Association, American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, American Council of Engineering Companies, American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona, American Highway Users Alliance, American Institute of Steel Construction, American Iron and Steel Institute, American Public Works Association, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Subcontractors Association, American Traffic Safety Services Association, Arizona Rock Products Association, Arizona Society of Professional Engineers, Associated Equipment Distributors, Associated General Contractors of America, Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc., Greyhound Lines, Inc., Intelligent Transportation Society of America, International Union of Operating Engineers, Laborers’ International Union of North America, Maryland Asphalt Association, Mid-West Truckers Association, National Asphalt Pavement Association, National Association of Surety Bond Producers, National Electrical Contractors Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, National Steel Bridge Alliance, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, National Utility Contractors Association, Portland Cement Association, Potters Industries, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Rural Transportation Advocacy Council, and Volvo Group North America.
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