The U.S. transportation construction industry has launched a grassroots and advocacy advertising campaign on multiple fronts to increase pressure on Congress and the Trump administration to act in 2020 on a permanent Highway Trust Fund (HTF) revenue solution and a robust, long-term transportation infrastructure investment package.
"Congress: Fix Our Infrastructure Problem Now." That's the key message of a new ad campaign urging Congress and the Trump administration to develop and pass this year a robust transportation infrastructure investment package and a permanent fix for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF).
Politicians around the world take great pleasure in disagreeing with each other, but in the United States there is one topic lawmakers on all sides can find common ground — that the country's highways network is in urgent need of repair and improvement.
Drivers in Wisconsin are paying $6.8 billion per year in extra vehicle-operating costs as a result poor highway conditions and the impact those conditions have on vehicles and traffic, according to a new report, “Wisconsin Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State's Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility,” released earlier by TRIP, a national transportation research group based in Washington, D.C.
Michael Lewis, executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation, told a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee hearing that while the motor fuels user fee is “dying” as a model to raise enough revenue to pay for surface transportation infrastructure, “we're not there” yet on switching to fees based on vehicle miles traveled.
The Transportation Construction Coalition commends the 253 bipartisan members of the House of Representatives who joined together to advocate for a long-term solution to the Highway Trust Fund's structural revenue deficit. 119 Republicans and 134 Democrats — a majority of each party's membership in the chamber — signed a June 12 letter, led by House Highways & Transit Subcommittee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Ranking Member Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-D.C.), to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-Mass.) calling for a trust fund fix as part of legislation to reform the U.S.
The USDOT is looking for creative ways to sustain the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). The organization announced $14.2M in grants for states under a new program to explore ways to sustain the HTF. “Reliable funding is essential to ensuring we have a sound transportation system to support the economy,” said U.S.