History

Established in 1902 and headquartered in the Nation’s Capital, ARTBA is the oldest and most respected national transportation construction-related association.

ARTBA founder Horatio Earle, a Michigan public official, was the first to articulate the need for a federally-built network of Interstate highways. Earle called it the “Capital Connecting Government Highway System,” which he said, would “connect every state capital with each other and the Nation’s Capital-Washington, D.C.” Earle’s vision was achieved in 1956 when President Eisenhower signed the law authorizing the construction of the Interstate Highway System and creation of the Highway Trust Fund to pay for it.

ARTBA members designed, built and continue to maintain the Interstate system, along with the rest of the nation’s transportation network.

The association’s mission is simple: We are a federation whose primary goal is to aggressively grow and protect transportation infrastructure investment to meet the public and business demand for safe and efficient travel.  In support of this mission, ARTBA also provides programs and services designed to give its 7,700 public and private sector members a global competitive edge.

ARTBA’s core values and principles-defined and reflected in the association’s governance, management, policies and program of work-include: integrity and the highest ethical standards, visionary leadership that always focuses on the future and fosters innovation, an “action-oriented” approach and intelligent risk taking.

Below is a timeline of major milestones:

2016

Industry leaders via ARTBA’s Foundation launch groundbreaking Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ program to boost worksite hazard awareness and risk management skills across the industry.

ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™  helps citizens pass more than more than 260 ballot measures nationwide to provide $207 billion for state and local road, bridge and transit projects.

2015

ARTBA-TDF celebrates its 30th Anniversary.

With more than 600 graduates, ARTBA-TDF Young Executive Development Program completes its 20th year.

ARTBA-TDF marks 15 years of the “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program.”

The five-year “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act” is signed into law by President Barack Obama. It is the longest highway/transit program in a decade.

2014

ARTBA launches Transportation Investment Advocacy Center.™

ARTBA hosts inaugural “National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates.”

ARTBA rolls out first-ever all-digital “Washington Newsline.”

ARTBA leads the successful industry push for the first multi-year federal waterway and ports infrastructure investment law in seven years.

2013

ARTBA hosts milestone 25th Annual National P3 in Transportation Conference. ARTBA’s marks 20th anniversary of its first-ever lawsuit challenging federal government agency regulatory outreach, and caps the year with legal victory for the time in the P3 arena by defeating an effort to strike down Virginia’s P3 law.

2012

The 27-month highway/transit program bill (MAP-21) signed into law by President Barack Obama. ARTBA hosts first-ever “Local Transportation Management Virtual Conference & Innovation Showcase” featuring “Best Practices in Work Zone Safety.”

2011

ARTBA launches first-ever TransOvation™ Workshop, an interactive event aimed at fostering a culture of innovation within the industry.

2010

ARTBA-TDF “Transportation Development Hall of Fame” established.

2009

President Barack Obama signs the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, which provides an extra $48 billion for transportation improvements.

2007

ARTBA hosts “National Traffic Management & Work Zone Safety Conference” at Intertraffic North America in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ARTBA forward-looking, federally-led “Critical Commerce Corridors” goods movement proposal unveiled.

2006

ARTBA celebrates 50th anniversary of the Interstate Highway Program in Washington, D.C., with a gala dinner featuring General Colin Powell.

2005

ARTBA-pushed highway/transit program bill (SAFETEA-LU) signed by President George W. Bush.

2004

ARTBA achieves long-time industry goal of ethanol tax reform, which results in an additional $2 billion annual revenue stream for transportation improvements.

2002

ARTBA celebrates 100th anniversary in New York City and Washington, D.C. ARTBA “Transportation Makes America Work (TMAW) Campaign” launched.

2001

Association holds first-ever “International Conference on Roadway Work Zone Safety” in Saint Louis, Mo.

2000

ARTBA-led coalition secures passage of AIR-21, increasing federal airport capital investment by more than 60 percent.

1998

ARTBA-led coalitions successfully push for record $218 billion federal highway/transit program bill (TEA-21). ARTBA “PRIDE in Transportation Construction” campaign launched. ARTBA and the Federal Highway Administration establish nation’s first National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse.

1997

ARTBA’s official website (www.artba.org) launched.

1996

ARTBA-TDF “Young Executive Development Program” established. ARTBA initiates “Transportation Construction Coalition” (TCC).

1995

ARTBA successfully pushes enactment of National Highway System Designation Act. ARTBA initiates “Alliance for Truth in Transportation Budgeting Coalition.”

1994

ARTBA Industry Advancement Fund (ARTBA-IAF) launched. ARTBA holds second “National Conference on Highway Work Zone Safety” in Washington, D.C.

1993

ARTBA files first environmental lawsuit to protect transportation construction industry market interests.

1991

ARTBA-pushed highway/transit program bill (ISTEA) provides $155 billion in federal investment.

1989

ARTBA organizes “Building a Better America Through Transportation Construction” campaign to push for increased federal investment.

1986

ARTBA Washington, D.C., event celebrates 30th anniversary of Interstate Highway Program.

1985

Association holds first-ever “National Conference on Highway Work Zone Safety” in Washington, D.C. ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) established.

1982

ARTBA successfully pushes first federal gas tax increase for road construction in 23 years.

1979

ARTBA Political Action Committee established.

1977

Name changed to American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

1976

ARBA-proposed federal 4-R bridge programs enacted.

1970

ARBA-pushed federal Airport Trust Fund established.

1968

ARBA Board of Directors creates The Road Information Program (TRIP), which is headquartered in ARBA’s office.

1966

ARBA-advocated cabinet-level U.S. Department of Transportation created.

1956

ARBA founder Earle’s vision of Interstate Highway Construction Program and the federal Highway Trust Fund established by law.

1948

Record 300,000 attend ARBA “Road Show” in Chicago, Ill.

1945

ARBA member Harry S. Truman elected U.S. President.

1942

ARBA helps form “The Road Gang” in Washington, D.C.

1940

Annual convention & “Road Show” in Chicago attracts 47,500.

1934

ARBA-supported Hayden-Cartwright Act is signed into law authorizing $200 million for highway projects.

1927

ARBA-American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) Joint Committee established.

1923

Association launches member magazine (today’s “Transportation Builder”).

1916

ARBA successfully pushes first Federal-Aid Road Act.

1915

ARBA sponsors first “Pan American Good Roads Conference.”

1910

Name changed to American Road Builders Association (ARBA).

1909

First ARM “Road Show” (the forerunner of today’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG) held in Columbus, Ohio.

1903

First association convention held in Detroit, Mich.

1902

American Road Makers (ARM) constitution, drafted by Horatio S. Earle, approved February 13 at Cadillac Hotel in New York City.

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