ACPA Chairman Dave Howard (Koss Construction Co.) and ACPA President & CEO Jerry Voigt represented ACPA in The Road Information Program (TRIP) first quarter board meeting last Thursday. Here are a few highlights of the meeting:

Year to date, TRIP has generated significant news media, drawing attention to issues such as road conditions, traffic congestion, and the need for increased investment. Coverage includes 80 TV/Radio news broadcasts and a dozen daily newspaper and internet news site articles. Media coverage so far has highlighted issues in North Carolina and Maine.  In North Carolina, for example, TRIP focused on traffic congestion and poor road conditions, which cost Charlotte-area drivers $2000 per year.  Traffic congestion is up 37% and has returned to pre-pandemic levels. TRIP emphasized the need for funding to address highway capacity expansion and inadequate bridges.

In other news, TRIP is also exploring the nationwide Impact of COVID on vehicle miles traveled and the implications for highway funding.

ACPA has participated as a partner and member of TRIP for two decades. TRIP’s mission is to provide educational, scientific, and public information relating to highway transportation, including the need for and benefits flowing from the construction of adequate highways, roads, and other surface transportation facilities, as well as to promote interest and expansion in highway engineering as a profession. This year marks TRIP’s 50th anniversary.

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