The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) launched a “Gridlock Clock” drawing attention to the nearly 835 days that have passed since the expiration of the last multi-year surface transportation reauthorization law, known as SAFETEA-LU.
“The time for congressional dithering and gamesmanship is over,” said ARTBA President Pete Ruane. “It’s now time for the Congress to do its job and take action on a long-term highway and transit investment bill.”
ARTBA’s “Gridlock Clock” is featured on the home page of www.artba.org, and includes a toll-free action hotline so that the association’s members can urge their congressional delegations to pass new legislation. The grassroots mobilization is the continuation of a multi-faceted advocacy and media blitzkrieg that will be expanded during the next few months.
SAFETEA-LU expired Sept. 30, 2009. Since that time, Congress has kept the highway and transit programs operating under a series of eight extensions. The continued uncertainty on a long-term bill has had negative impacts on state transportation planning process, transportation construction industry job creation and capital investment decisions.
ARTBA and its members are continuing to push for a multi-year bill that, at minimum, maintains current federal highway and transit investment levels.