State & Local Advocates Share Best Practices for Boosting Transportation Funding at Annual Workshop

(WASHINGTON)— More than 130 transportation design and construction professionals, chamber of commerce executives, and officials with better roads group and state transportation agencies from 36 states came together July 12 in the Nation’s Capital to share best practices for advancing transportation funding legislation and ballot initiatives during the 4th Annual National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates.

The gathering was hosted by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ (TIAC).  It featured a state legislator panel of transportation or finance committee members who discussed strategies and political challenges for funding roads, bridges and other infrastructure, including: Louisiana Rep. Kenneth Havard (R-District 62), Montana State Rep. Frank Garner (R-District 7), Oregon State Rep. Brad Witt (D-District 31) and Tennessee Senate Speaker Pro Tem Jim Tracy (R-District 16).

Anthony Attanasio, executive director of the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey, Michael Quigley, executive director of the California Alliance for Jobs, Dennis Faulkenberg, president of Appian, an Indiana-based advocacy group, and Jordon Marsh, vice president of South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads, all highlighted how they were able to increase funding in their respective states.

Dr. Alison Premo Black, ARTBA’s chief economist, provided an overview of state legislative and ballot action over the past three years, including updates on the six states to pass gas tax increases in 2017, and lessons learned from past transportation funding increases.

In other sessions, panelists shared campaign strategies, tactics, messaging, opinion and economic research, legislative and ballot language, and “what’s worked and what hasn’t” in their state or local community in order to help other advocates meet their objectives.

The program also included the annual meeting of the “Transportation Investment Advocates Council™” – a national network of more than 70 construction and better roads professionals, chamber of commerce executives, and public officials who share an interest in building support for infrastructure investments locally.

TIAC, established in 2014, is an internet-based educational platform that features detailed reports, analyses and more than 50 case studies of recent transportation funding campaigns mounted in numerous states. It includes television, radio and print ads, polling, an overview of state and local funding and finance mechanisms, and an ongoing blog detailing new developments across the nation.

Learn more at www.transportationinvestment.org.

TIAC operations are supported by ARTBA’s “Transportation Makes America Work” program.

Established in 1902 and based in Washington, D.C., ARTBA is the “consensus voice” of the U.S. transportation design and construction industry before Congress, federal agencies, the White House, news media and the general public.

 

Florida I-595 Corridor Improvements Project & Colorado DOT’s David Spector Honored with National Public-Private Partnership (P3) Awards

ARTBA hosts the 2017 P3s in Transportation Conference, on Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leslie E. Kossoff/LK Photos)

(WASHINGTON)— The I-595 Corridor Improvements Project in Florida and David Spector, director of the Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE), have been recognized as models of excellence in innovative transportation financing by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

The awards were presented July 13 in two categories during ARTBA’s 29th Annual Public Private Partnerships (P3s) in Transportation Conference, held in the Nation’s Capital.

P3 Entrepreneur of the Year: David Spector.

This award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the forward progress of P3s in the U.S. transportation industry.

The HPTE is a division of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) that uses P3s, tolled managed lanes, and other innovative methods to finance and improve the state’s surface transportation infrastructure. Spector’s career has been focused on providing strategic direction and advice on high-profile public-private infrastructure projects. While at HPTE, he has been featured at P3-related conferences and is a resource to other state and local governments seeking to learn more about these initiatives. In the next year, Spector will be leading HPTE’s efforts working with academic institutions to educate state and local elected officials, governments considering P3s, and other stakeholders about the realities, myths and implementation of P3s, to help them understand how they can be used for a variety of infrastructure needs.

Spector has been a leader for the advancement of P3s for both CDOT and other public agencies. He oversaw the completion of the U.S. 36 Express Lanes P3 project, which ARTBA named 2016 P3 Project of the Year, and is currently in the midst of the procurement for the Central 70 Project.  He also led HPTE through several organizational and structural changes, aligning operations more clearly with CDOT’s strategic goals, including the focus of its role as toll operator of Express Lanes, and integrating with other divisions within CDOT. He has refined several business rules, including establishing a PR Procurement Management Manual so that current and future P3 projects will benefit from clear and consistent internal and external processes. In the process, HPTE has evolved from a start-up P3 delivery organization to an established business which can serve as a model for other agencies as they endeavor to enter or grow their own programs.

P3 Project of the Year: I-595 Corridor Improvements in Florida.

The award annually spotlights a project that demonstrates the value P3s bring to U.S. transportation development.

The I-595 Corridor Improvements is the state’s largest transportation project and also its first P3. I-595 is part of Florida’s Strategic Intermodal System that serves the major east-west link in Broward County. Since the mainline opening in 1989, I-595 endured a steady increase in traffic volume that led to congestion. To ensure sufficient capacity, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and its team developed several improvements to help sustain the region’s growth, including reconstructing and widening the Turnpike, improvements and modifications to nine interchanges, and reversible express lanes that are tolled at varying rates throughout the day. The improvements were successfully completed on time while minimizing disruptions of the 200,000 vehicles traveling the corridor daily.

The $1.8 billion deal reached financial close in March 2009, also making it the first in the U.S. transportation sector to use an availability payment compensation structure, helping to pave the way for future P3 projects in Florida and the U.S. The design, build, finance, operate, and maintain (DBFOM) project opened to traffic in March 2014 and epitomizes the benefits of P3s by advancing much needed transportation improvements and allowing private financing to make up the state’s funding shortfall that could have delayed work by 20 years or more. The project team included FDOT, RS&H, Nossaman LLP, Interstate 595 Express, Dragados USA, ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc., and AECOM.

For nearly three decades, ARTBA’s P3 conference has been the private infrastructure investment community’s premier opportunity to connect with hundreds of key decision makers, project sponsors, private sector finance executives, consortium leaders and officials from all levels of government.

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*MEDIA ADVISORY* Sen. Wyden, Rep. Barletta & Australian Ambassador Joe Hockey Scheduled to Speak July 13 at ARTBA’s 29th Annual P3s in Transportation Conference

Two-day Event Takes Place at Hyatt on Capitol Hill

(WASHINGTON)—Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee member Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), and Australian Ambassador to the United States, the Honorable Joe Hockey, are among the featured speakers the morning of July 13 at the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) 29th Annual Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) in Transportation Conference. More than a dozen federal, state and local transportation agencies will also be represented on the program.

 

Sessions for the July 13-14 conference at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill include:

  • From the C-Suite – CEOs in the P3 Sector
  • The Great Debate – Asset Recycling
  • The Trump Administration & P3 Policy
  • Navigating the Political Waters to Promote P3s
  • The Contractor’s Role in P3 Development
  • Are We Delivering the P3 “Campaign” Promise?
  • Going Beyond Transportation P3s – Learning from Other Sectors

 

WHAT:  29th Annual ARTBA P3 Conference

WHEN:  Thursday, July 13, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Columbia Ballroom

Rep. Barletta (8:45 a.m.)

Sen. Wyden (9:15 a.m.)

Ambassador Hockey (10:30 a.m.)

WHERE:  Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel

400 New Jersey Ave. N.W.

See the full program schedule at www.artbap3.org.

Members of the news media wishing to attend should contact ARTBA’s Eileen Houlihan at ehoulihan@artba.org or 202.683.1019.

 

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** State Transportation Funding Champion Legislators & Better Roads Advocates from Six States That Increased Gas Taxes in 2017 on Tap for July 12 National Workshop on Capitol Hill

(WASHINGTON)—The American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Transportation Investment Advocacy Center ™ (TIAC) will host its 4th Annual “National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates” July 12 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. The event brings together more than 100 transportation professionals, chamber of commerce executives and state officials to share best practices, playbook secrets and other keys to success in advancing state and local legislative and ballot initiatives that boost infrastructure investment.

 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Oregon State Brad Witt (D-District 31)
  • Montana State Frank Garner (R-District 7)
  • Tennessee Speaker Pro Tem Jim Tracy (R-District 16)
  • Louisiana Rep. Kenneth Harvard (R-District 62)
  • Idaho State Bert Brackett (R-District 23)
  • Pete Ruane, ARTBA president
  • Nick Donohue, deputy secretary of transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation
  • Dennis Faulkenberg, president, Appian (Indiana)
  • Juva Barber, executive director, Kentuckians for Better Transportation
  • Seth Millican, executive director, Georgia Transportation Alliance
  • Michael Quigley, executive director, California Alliance for Jobs
  • Jordan Marsh, vice president, South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads
  • Alison Premo Black, ARTBA chief economist
  • Dave Bauer, ARTBA senior vice president of government relations

 

WHAT:  4th Annual National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates

WHEN:  Wednesday, July 12; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET

WHERE:  Hyatt Regency Washington, Columbia Ballroom, 400 New Jersey Ave. N.W.

See the full program schedule at www.transportationinvestment.org/state-funding-advocacy-workshop/workshops/.

Members of the news media wishing to attend the event should contact ARTBA’s Eileen Houlihan at ehoulihan@artba.org or 202.683.1019.

IRTBA, Members of Industry to Testify on the Illinois House Floor Regarding Impact of Transportation Construction Project Shutdown

$345 Million and 43,000 Jobs in Jeopardy, New Analysis Shows

(SPRINGFIELD, IL) – An American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) analysis released June 27 finds that a prolonged shutdown of Illinois transportation project sites could cost $345 million per week and jeopardize 43,000 jobs.

The report comes as Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association (IRTBA) President & CEO Michael Sturino prepares to testify today on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives regarding the impacts the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) shutdown will have on the transportation industry and the state’s economy as a whole.

ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black finds that a week-long shutdown of the state’s transportation improvement projects, expected to begin July 1, would cost the transportation construction industry and the state’s taxpayers in the first week alone at least $34 million and displace as many as 11,000 employees that work for highway, street and bridge contractors. Over time, the cost could grow to as high as $345 million per week in lost sales, wages and economic activity, and jeopardize 43,000 jobs.

All highway and bridge construction work will be shut down June 30, according to a June 14 statement from IDOT. The shutdown will stop a planned $2.2 billion in highway and bridge construction spending on 900 active projects. IDOT will also be unable to start work on any new projects in FY 2018.

The newly-added section to the Illinois Constitution, Section 11 of Article 8 — the Lockbox Amendment that received overwhelming public support, should have provided Illinois citizens and businesses the certainty that Illinois’ valuable transportation infrastructure will not face the neglect it has received in the past. The amendment requires transportation-related revenues to be expended solely upon transportation-related expense.

“The current budget impasse is frustrating not only those in the transportation industry, but also to all of those voters who expected that transportation funds would be secured, and that those funds would be expended on improving our state’s economy. Providing an IDOT appropriation is required to serve the public interest,” Sturino said.

“Let me be clear – the shutdown is already happening, and it has major costs associated with it. Contractors and engineers, in consultation with IDOT, are engaging in proper procedures in preparation for the shutdown, including safety and traffic control, erosion and sediment controls, environmental stabilization, relocation of idled equipment, and removal of all construction debris,” Sturino added.

According to the ARTBA analysis, the estimated costs of demobilization of the 900 active highway projects would be $20 million, at a minimum. Keeping these projects closed would cost an estimated $14 million each week to ensure public safety and to maintain existing facilities at the job sites.

Shutting down projects not only displaces construction workers and engineers. Construction spending on the affected IDOT projects supports an additional nearly 43,000 jobs—for direct jobs in the industry and indirectly, through other major sectors of the economy, including manufacturing, healthcare, and retail. Construction workers alone collectively earn about $17.5 million each week, and as hourly employees, many will not get paid if they do not work. This has added, indirect effects on the regional economy where those displaced employees live and work. As more construction workers lose their jobs and cut back on spending, this will reduce demand in other sectors of the economy, and could put those jobs at risk.

IRTBA Member Lori Quigg, president and owner of Quigg Engineering, will also be testifying before the House floor.

“My DBE firm does work statewide and IDOT is our biggest client, currently accounting for about 90 to 95 percent of our sales. To maintain insurance, my employees have to work 32 hours per week, which will be a problem if a budget is not passed. This affects all of their families!” Quigg exclaimed. She added, “As a business owner, it’s very hard to not take this IDOT shutdown personally–when your decisions could be endangering the livelihood of so many people. I have lost a lot of sleep worrying while awaiting news about the budget. I’m certain many business owners across the state share my deep concerns about their businesses and the thousands of Illinoisans who they employ. We need to work together to find a way to keep IDOT going.”
Additional economic impacts found in the ARTBA analysis include:

  • An estimated $127 million in construction work would have been completed on the identified projects the week of July 1—outside of the direct costs that contractors will incur to maintain their jobsites. This construction work supports $331 million in purchases through other sectors of the economy, adding $171 million to the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Although some of that spending will still occur next week, a prolonged shut down will weaken that economic impact, as contractors cut back on orders for materials, equipment, and supplies.
  • Each year, that $2.2 billion in annual highway and bridge construction spending adds up to over $5.7 billion in total economic output for Illinois businesses, and adds nearly $3 billion to the state’s GDP.
  • Highway project delays result in direct and indirect costs to the public, including wasted time and fuel for travelers in the corridor, the effect on businesses and their consumers from the increased roadway congestion, construction cost increases, and the economic impact of project delays. One month of delay can raise project costs by 1 to 1.5 percent, which is a large sum when considering the costs of transportation projects are in the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.

Illinois cannot afford to continue to neglect its deteriorating infrastructure. Approximately 50 percent of Illinois roads are rated in poor condition. Of the 26,704 bridges in the state, 15 percent are classified as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. And in Illinois, 874 bridges are posted for load, which may restrict the size and weight of vehicles crossing the structure.

“Illinois has not made any significant increases to transportation funding since 1991, resulting in a 40 percent loss in buying power for transportation investments. The voters of Illinois sent a loud and clear message about the importance of proper transportation funding when they passed the Lockbox Amendment last November. It’s time to listen to their voices and get Illinois moving again.” Sturino said.

To view the full report on the long-term economic impact of the IDOT shutdown, visit the “Economics” section of www.artba.org and click on “Research.”

About the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association
The Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association (IRTBA) has served over 75 years as the leading transportation industry trade association in Illinois. IRTBA member firms design, build, and maintain the state highways, transit systems, railways, and aviation systems. The core purpose of IRTBA is to advance and promote the transportation design and construction industry in Illinois.

About the American Road and Transportation Builders Association
Established in 1902, ARTBA represents the U.S. transportation construction industry before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, courts, news media and the general public.

Federal Airport Construction Program Funding Only Meeting 50% of Identified Needs, New Analysis Finds

$32 Billion in Project Improvements Required over Next 5 Years, Airports Say

(WASHINGTON)—A new analysis of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data finds that current airport construction funding levels are only half of what is necessary to make safety improvements and help reduce runway congestion.

The analysis, conducted by American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black, comes as the U.S. House and Senate are expected to debate legislation to reauthorize the FAA and the nation’s aviation programs.

The FAA awarded $3.29 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants to U.S. states and territories in 2016, ARTBA’s analysis shows.  Airports used 68 percent of those funds—$2.26 billion—for infrastructure investments.  This included the construction, rehabilitation, expansion or improvement of taxiways, aprons, runways and airport access roads.

Grants were awarded to 1,398 airports in 2016, accounting for 41 percent of the nearly 3,400 airports that are eligible for AIP funding.  These airports have identified a total of about $6.5 billion annually—or $32.4 billion over the next five years—for projects that could be eligible for AIP grants, according to FAA.  Current AIP funding will only cover half of the cost of all potential projects.

“These types of projects and other airport infrastructure needs can be addressed by increasing Airport Improvement Program investment—which has be held flat for the past six years—and increasing or lifting the cap on the passenger facility charge,” Black says.  “We think both are needed and needed now.”

States receiving the most grants in 2016 included:

  • California ($262M)
  • Texas ($243.8M)
  • Alaska ($215M)
  • Illinois ($179.6M)
  • Florida ($178.4M)
  • New York ($130M)
  • Georgia ($94M)
  • Colorado ($79.6M)
  • Louisiana ($77.7M)
  • Missouri ($77.7M)

Grants ranged between $15,000 and $36 million, averaging $1.86 million per project.  About one-third were for $1 million or more.  The largest 2016 AIP grant was $36 million to improve the runway safety area at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Other major airports using AIP grants for runway construction and rehabilitation included: Chicago O’Hare International (ORD), Ted Stevens Anchorage International (ANC), Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW) and Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW).

Historically, primary airports receive most of the AIP funding, accounting for 69 percent of the value of grants in 2016.  Projects were also funded at general aviation (20 percent), reliever (7 percent) and commercial service airports (4 percent).

Major airports that have identified AIP eligible projects over the next five years are:

  • Chicago O’Hare International (ORD, $741M)
  • George Bush Intercontinental/Houston (IAH, $626M)
  • Charlotte/Douglas International (CLT, $511M)
  • Tampa International (TPA, $477M)
  • LaGuardia (LGA, $436M)
  • Los Angeles International (LAX, $389M)
  • Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International (FLL, $381M)
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI, $357M)
  • Philadelphia International (PHL, $323M)
  • San Diego International (SAN, $313M)

ARTBA has compiled a state-by-state breakdown of AIP grants and funding needs by airport.  It’s available at www.artba.org.

Established in 1902, ARTBA represents the U.S. transportation design and construction industry in the Nation’s Capital.

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ARTBA Foundation Announces Financial Assistance to 11 Children of Fallen Highway Workers

(WASHINGTON)—Eleven children of highway workers who were killed on the job will receive college financial assistance for the 2017-18 school year from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation’s (ARTBA-TDF) “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship” fund.

The scholarship program was established in 1999 with a gift from two Roanoke, Virginia, highway contractors and their companies—Stan Lanford (1999 ARTBA chairman) of Lanford Brothers, and Jack Lanford (1991 ARTBA chairman), with Adams Construction Company.  About 100 highway workers are killed annually in roadway construction and maintenance accidents, and thousands more are seriously injured.

Over the past 17 years, more than 130 scholarships have been given to students from 25 states to pursue college and technical training. The 2017 class includes:

 

Caitlyn Rains, Proctor, Ark.

Caitlyn’s father, James Rains, was killed in 2013 while working in a night construction zone for APAC Tennessee. Caitlyn plans to study physical therapy at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

Misty McNeil, Kountze, Texas & Amy McNeil Graves, Lumberton, Texas

Misty and Amy’s father, Jeffrey McNeil, was killed in 2005 while working for the Texas Department of Transportation. Misty plans to study radiologic technology at Lamar Institute of Technology in Beaumont. Amy is studying nursing at Lamar State College in Orange.

Kaitlyn Henry, Dennison, Ohio

Kaitlyn’s dad, Gary Henry, was struck by a construction vehicle and killed in 2013 while working on a state highway construction project on Interstate 270 near Columbus, Ohio. Kaitlyn will be a senior at Ohio University and is an intervention specialist major.

Andrea Pair, Spiro, Okla.

Andrea’s father, Shannon Pair, was struck and killed while working for Time Striping Inc., in 1998. Andrea will be a senior at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. She studies biochemistry.

Victoria Markle, Port Charlotte, Fla.

Victoria’s father, John Markle, was struck and killed on Florida’s I-75 in March 2016 while working for Ajax Paving Industries. Victoria will be a sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers where she studies journalism.

Cirar Butler, Gunnison, Miss.

Cirar’s father, Henry Butler, Jr., was killed while driving a Mississippi Department of Transportation work truck during highway repairs in 2014. Cirar will be a sophomore at Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, and studies physical therapy.

Kristen Jares, West, Texas

Kristen’s father, Gregory Jares, was killed in 2001 while working for the Texas Department of Transportation. Kristen will be a sophomore at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton where she studies exercise physiology.

Standra Jones, Jr., Gaston, S.C.

Stan’s father, Standra Jones, worked for the South Carolina Department of Transportation. In 2007, he was struck and killed while taking down work zone traffic controls on I-26 in Lexington County. Stan will be a junior at Clemson University and majors in engineering.

Willie Blevins, Commerce, Ga.

Willie’s mother, Kathy Blevins, worked for the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation. She had just finished painting turn-lane lines when her vehicle was struck and she was killed in 2004. Willie will be a junior studying pre-veterinarian at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.

Emily Jones, Billings, Mont.

Emily’s father, Richard Jones, was killed in a car accident in 2013 while working for Direct Traffic Control. Emily will be a senior at Montana State University and majors in criminal justice.

 

The ARTBA-TDF is interested in receiving contact leads on students who could benefit from the scholarship program. Please share them with ARTBA’s Eileen Houlihan at ehoulihan@artba.org or 202.289.4434.

For more than 30 years, the ARTBA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity, has worked to “promote research, education and public awareness” about the impacts of transportation investment. The Foundation supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, professional development academies, a transportation project safety certification program, roadway work zone safety and training programs, special economic reports and an exhibition on transportation at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

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Federal Highway Administration Backtracks on Obama-Era “Greenhouse Gas” Tracking Measure

(WASHINGTON)—The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) May 19 decision to suspend a controversial Obama Administration proposal requiring the tracking of “greenhouse gas” (GHG) emissions from transportation improvements will help save taxpayer dollars and prevent those projects from additional unnecessary delays, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) says.

The proposal was part of larger performance measures required under the July 2012 “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21) surface transportation law. ARTBA had previously argued the measure exceeded “both the authority of the FHWA and the intent of MAP-21.”

The association first raised objections to the measure back in August 2016 comments, noting that neither Congress nor the administration sought emission measurements in the MAP-21 performance management process, and that such a proposal were subsequently not included in the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation” (FAST) Act reauthorization law passed in December 2015.

ARTBA then followed up the comments by meeting with House and Senate staff, as well as Office of Management and Budget (OMB) officials, to express its concerns.  The association also convened a group of nearly 40 trade associations on a letter to FHWA stating, “The simple fact is that MAP-21 was approved with broad bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate and the inclusion of an unrelated GHG proposal violates this bipartisan spirit.  It is hard to see this proposal as anything other than a maneuver to achieve a policy objective the prior administration failed to advance in the appropriate legislative arena.”

On a related note, ARTBA also warned the agency not to exceed its authority three years ago, when it urged the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) not to jeopardize the broad bipartisan congressional support for MAP-21 by including extraneous issues—such as climate change— in the law’s implementation. Specifically, a 2013 ARTBA task force cautioned:

“Focus on the goals enumerated in the law. The authors of MAP-21 had the opportunity to include a host of external goals such as livability, reduction of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions, reduction of reliance on foreign oil, adaptation to the effects of climate change, public health, housing, land-use patterns and air quality in the planning and performance process….the U.S. Department of Transportation should focus on implementing the goals and standards as spelled out in MAP-21.”

Established in 1902 and headquartered by Capitol Hill, ARTBA represents the U.S. transportation construction industry before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, the courts and news media.

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Next Generation of Transportation Construction Industry Leaders Press Members of Congress on Highway Trust Fund Fix

(WASHINGTON) – Seventeen emerging leaders in the transportation design and construction industry participated in an intensive Washington, D.C., “boot camp” introduction to the federal legislative and regulatory processes, and then went to Capitol Hill to urge their members of Congress to find a permanent revenue fix for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and to fully fund the FAST Act for FY 2018.

They were in the Nation’s Capital May 16-18 as part of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation’s (ARTBA-TDF) “Industry Leader Development Program” (ILDP), an annual event held in conjunction with the association’s Federal Issues Program and the Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In.

There have been nearly 700 graduates from over 200 industry firms in the program since it began in 1996 as the Young Executive Development Program.

The ILDP provides participants with a solid understanding of industry economics, how transportation work in the U.S. is funded and financed, how actions by the federal government impact the industry, and how they—and their company or agency—can become politically engaged.  Attendees also heard from House Highways & Transit Subcommittee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) at a dinner event, where he talked about the need to provide a permanent HTF solution and shared his views about federal aviation policy.

The 2017 ILDP class included:

  • Robert Alger, Jr., business development manager, Lane Construction Corporation, Chantilly, Va.
  • Richard Ames, senior project manager, AECOM, Conshohocken, Pa.
  • Luis Barragan, director of transportation, N.Y., Gannett Fleming, New York, N.Y.
  • Sofia Berger, senior vice president, U.S. transportation market, Louis Berger, New York, N.Y.
  • Matt Blake, lead construction estimator, Parsons, Westminster, Co.
  • Rick Both, vice president, Parsons, Sumner, Wash.
  • Erin Coates, bridge engineer, CH2M, Santa Ana, Calif.
  • Nick DiBartolo, general manager, Rogers Group, Inc., Columbia, Tenn.
  • Jason Fischer, P.E., project manager, Great Lakes Construction Co., Hinckley, Ohio
  • Dan Holley, marketing manager, 3M, St. Paul, Minn.
  • David Leber, project manager, Wagman Heavy Civil, York, Pa.
  • Johnny Limbaugh, director of business development & government relations, Wright Construction Group, Fort Myers, Fla.
  • Timothy Miller, civil engineer, AECOM, Chelmsford, Mass.
  • Matthew Mullally, project manager, AECOM, Chelmsford, Mass.
  • Madhu Narayanasamy, project manager, CDM Smith, Houston, Texas
  • Kevin Oberheim, project manager, Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP, Baltimore, Md.
  • Jeffrey Saunders, estimator/performance manager, Thomson-Arthur Division of APAC-Atlantic, Greensboro, N.C.

Since 1985, the ARTBA-TDF, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity, has worked to “promote research, education and public awareness” about the impacts of transportation investment. The Foundation supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, professional development academies, a transportation project safety certification program, roadway work zone safety and training programs, special economic reports and an exhibition on transportation at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

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Tennessee Contractor Steve Wright Receives ARTBA’s Highest Honor

Tony Boals, Wright Brothers Construction; Steve Wright; & Kent Starwalt, Tennessee Road Builders Association

(WASHINGTON) – Steve Wright, president of Charleston, Tennessee-based Wright Brothers Construction Company, is the sole recipient of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) highest honor—the  “ARTBA Award.” It was presented to Wright May 17 during the association’s Federal Issues Program held in the Nation’s Capital.

Established in 1960, the “ARTBA Award” recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions that have advanced the broad goals of the association. Over the years, recipients have included several governors, more than 25 U.S. senators or representatives, two U.S. secretaries of transportation and dozens of top leaders and executives from government and the private sector of the transportation construction industry.

Steve Wright’s roster of volunteer leadership positions in national and state associations puts him in an elite status. His ARTBA service includes: 2012 chairman, senior vice chairman, first vice chairman, southern region vice chairman, Contractors Division president, 2011 Strategic Planning Committee co-chair, 2007 Long-Range Planning Committee co-chair, Environmental Committee chairman, and the past five years as a trustee on the ARTBA Foundation board.  He’s also a past president (1998) of the Tennessee Road Builders Association, ARTBA’s chapter affiliate, and a long-time TRBA board member.

As a trustee on the ARTBA Foundation, he has played a leadership role in development of the annual Dr. J. Don Brock TransOvation Workshop and the new Safety Certification for Transportation Project ProfessionalsTM program.

Wright also owns a piece of ARTBA’s history. He is the first graduate of the Young Executive Development Program—known today as the Industry Leader Development Program (ILDP)—to be elected chairman of the board.  Created in 1996, the ILDP boasts of more than 650 graduates from 200 companies, state contractor chapters and public agencies.  The program, which provides a Washington, D.C.-based “boot camp” introduction to federal policymaking and advocacy, is aimed at building the next generation of industry leaders.

Established in 1902, Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA is the “consensus voice” of the U.S. transportation design and construction industry before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, news media and the general public.

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