ACPA and Other Highway Advocates Send Strong Message to Congress
ACPA and members of the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC),* the Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition**, and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) joined forces to send a strong message to Congress.
In a letter delivered to Congress today, the organizations say their members are facing an unstable future because of pandemic-related revenue reductions. These reductions in federal and state transportation revenues and other sources are impacting critical highway, bridge, and public transit projects.
Making matters worse, the FAST Act expires on September 30th, creating further uncertainty. To prevent cuts in transportation investments and spur the nation’s economic recovery, the groups are urging Congress to pass legislation that includes:
A turn-key, one-year extension of the current surface transportation law with increased investment levels;
Emergency federal funding for state departments of transportation and public transit agencies—$37 billion and $32 billion, respectively; and
Provisions to ensure solvency of the Highway Trust Fund for the duration of the extension at a minimum.
This letter is the latest effort by ACPA and other transportation advocates to inform and persuade Congress of the urgent and critical need for federal funding to stabilize the economy, invest in the nation’s infrastructure, and create and sustain employment for hundreds of thousands of workers.
* The Transportation Construction Coalition 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. TCC is comprised of the American Coal Ash Association; American Concrete Pavement Association; American Concrete Pipe Association; American Iron & Steel Institute; American Road & Transportation Builders Association; American Society of Civil Engineers; American Subcontractors Association; American Traffic Safety Services Association; Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association; Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association; Associated Equipment Distributors; Associated General Contractors of America; American Council of Engineering Companies; Association of Equipment Manufacturers; Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute; International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron; International Slurry Surfacing Association; International Union of Operating Engineers; Laborers’ International Union of North America; Laborers-Employers Cooperation & Education Trust; 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; Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute; The Road Information Program; and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America.
** The Americans for Transportation Mobility Coalition is the transportation team of the US Chamber of Commerce. Members of ATM include the American Council of Engineering Companies; American Public Transportation Association; American Road and Transportation Builders Association; American Society of Civil Engineers; American Trucking Associations; Associated General Contractors; Association of Equipment Manufacturers; International Union of Operating Engineers; Laborers International Union of North America; National Asphalt Pavement Association; Stone, Sand & Gravel Association; Portland Cement Association; and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which helps manage ATM.
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