Current Issues

The Truth About U.S. Automobile Travel

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A new ARTBA report debunks the myth that “American are driving less” as claimed in a recent congressional hearing and in many news reports about federal transportation policy.

03/20/14: Perception is Not Reality: The Truth about U.S. Automobile Travel

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President's FY2015 Budget

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The Obama Administration’s budget for FY 2015 recommends investing $90.9 billion in transportation improvements, a proposed increase of $18.6 billion over the amount enacted for FY 2014, but questions remain about how the new proposal would be paid for. 

03/04/14: Analysis of the Obama Administration's FY Budget Proposal for the U.S. Department of Transportation

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Highway Trust Fund

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Fixing the Highway Trust Fund without generating new revenue requires $16 billion annually just to keep highway and transit program at their current investment levels, ARTBA chief says.

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Federal surface transportation investment to the states could be dealt a crippling blow unless Congress acts to fix the Highway Trust Fund, ARTBA President says.

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The Highway Trust Fund’s problems are political, not structural, ARTBA tells the House Budget Committee.

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MAP-21

The ARTBA Trans2020 Task Force submitted comments to the U.S. DOT on a variety of topics relating to MAP-21’s implementation:

The creation of a new performance management process for future federal highway investments provides an unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate to the American public the value delivered from these investments.

A risk-based methodology will help prioritize bridges based on their individual performance measures and whether they meet minimum acceptable standards to remain in service without immediate rehabilitation or replacement.

The expanded use of categorical exclusions is where the most impact on the project delivery process can be achieved.

Highway Safety Improvement Program funds should be used exclusively for projects that address infrastructure needs, and not be flexed for use in other, non-infrastructure safety programs.

Accelerating the public transportation project delivery process, establishing public transit performance measures, and developing a national transit plan should be key goals in MAP-21’s implementation.

Federal freight policy should be made in full consultation with private and public sector stakeholders who own, operate, utilize and build the network, and should strive to improve the efficiency of goods movement in order to facilitate economic growth.

State and local officials acting in the public interest and private sector deliverers of transportation infrastructure improvements should retain maximum flexibility in negotiating final P3 agreements.

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Washington Newsline Plus

This section features timely updates on breaking news from the Nation's Capital. This is a members-only feature.

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Project Delivery

The “white paper” presents ARTBA’s perspective regarding the application and details of the design build process.

Public Private Partnerships

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A landmark ARTBA study that: 1) reports on how transportation P3s have been utilized for more than 20 years and what impact P3 projects have had toward meeting U.S. transportation capital infrastructure needs; and 2) realistically assesses the P3 process in the U.S., including the political, procedural and financial constraints/opportunities for transportation investment.

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Transportation & Elections

Track the many initiatives during past ballot election reports and how they have helped to shape the current transportation construction landscape.

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