The annual AASHTO Washington Briefing held last week focused on bipartisan support for the next surface transportation reauthorization bill and the critical need for investment.

ACPA participated in the four-day event, which provided 45 state departments of transportation, elected officials, administration officials, and industry representatives the opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions about transportation investment and other key issues. 

During the event’s keynote address, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao recalled the first time she and her family saw the Interstate highway system.  She detailed recent federal investments in infrastructure, as well as the Administration’s commitment to infrastructure investment.  She also commented on how the DOT “… is striving to make structural changes–streamlining the permit process so projects can be delivered more quickly while protecting the environment and maintaining safety standards.

Senate EPW Chairman John Barrasso and Ranking Member (RM) Tom Carper, as well as House EPW Chairman Peter DeFazio and RM Sam Graves discussed their 2019 legislative priorities.  The event also inluded a round-table and other panel discussions.

Recorded remarks by Secretary Chao and the Senate and House transportation committee leaders can be found in ACPA’s Youtube channel: the dropdown menu, select “Public Policy and Funding” then scroll down to videos #9 through 13 on the playlist.

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