ACPA and other members of the Transportation Construction Coalition* wasted no time in crafting a letter to urge the 115th Congress to “move expeditiously” to finalize FY 2017 appropriations for the U.S. Department of Transportation at the levels established by the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act to allow full distribution to states of already authorized highway and transit funding.

The associations and trade unions sounded an alarm that a “lack of quick action undermines the ability of state departments of transportation to put their complete list of projects out to bid for the spring construction season.”

The groups also alerted legislators that an appropriation as part of a Continuing Resolution to fund the entire federal government at FY 2016 levels through the end of 2017 would result in a 2 percent reduction of funding levels for both highway and transit programs included in the FAST Act.

*  The Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) is a partnership of 31 national associations and construction unions representing hundreds of thousands of individuals with a direct market interest in federal transportation programs.