Fact vs. Fiction: Transportation Funding & Politics
ARTBA dispels some of the most common misperceptions or false statements about transportation funding and politics, and provides the truth about them.
Looming Highway Trust Fund Crisis: Impact on State Transportation Programs
This ARTBA report features public statements and testimony from state officials about the impacts on their construction programs from the continued uncertainty relating to the Highway Trust Fund.
Download the Report – Updated April 9, 2015
The Folly of Devolution
Transportation Construction Coalition research shows that transportation legislation being pushed in Congress by Heritage Action, the Club for Growth and like-minded conservative activist groups would force states to raise their gasoline and diesel motor fuel taxes, on average, about 23.5 cents-per-gallon by 2020 if they wanted to maintain their current annual investment in highway and bridge improvements and public transportation, an analysis of federal and state data shows. The states’ only other options, if the proposal was enacted, would be to raise other taxes, redirect an equivalent amount of revenue from other state programs, or slash their road, bridge and transit improvement program.View More
Getting Beyond Gridlock
ARTBA March 12 rolled out a comprehensive proposal to end the political impasse over how to fund future federal investments in state highway, bridge and transit capital projects.
President’s FY2016 Budget
The Obama Administration is proposing a $21 billion per year increases in federal surface transportation through FY2021 as part of its overall FY2016 budget submission to Congress.
02/02/15: Analysis of the Obama Administration’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal for the U.S. Department of Transportation
Read ARTBA’s comprehensive report tracking 90 transportation ballot initiatives from the November 2014 elections as well as reports from previous elections.View More
EPA Proposed “Waters of the United States” Rule
EPA’s proposed “Waters of the United States” rule extends federal authority too far and would lead to greater project delays, ARTBA explains to House and Senate committees.
02/04/15: ARTBA Statement on EPA Proposed “Waters of the United State” Rule
EPA Permit Veto Authority
EPA’s veto of a valid wetlands permit poses great risks for transportation construction, ARTBA Senior Vice Chairman warns House T&I subcommittee. 07/15/14: ARTBA Testimony on EPA Veto Authority
Senate Vs. Obama Administration Reauthorization Proposals
Compare and contrast the policy and investment specifics of the reauthorization proposals from the Obama Administration and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
05/16/14: ARTBA Map 21 Re-authorization VS Grow Act
Senate Highway Reauthorization Plan
Read ARTBA’s May 13 summary of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee’s six-year, $260 billion proposal to reauthorize the federal highway program.
05/13/14: ARTBA Senate Summary
Obama Administration Highway & Transit Investment Proposal
ARTBA April 29 released a comprehensive analysis of the Obama Administration’s four year, $302 billion surface transportation reauthorization proposal.
04/29/14: ARTBA Grow Act Summary
The Truth About U.S. Automobile Travel
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
Highway Trust Fund
ARTBA letter to Congressional leadership regarding new federal banking rules that further impede state transportation planning and investments across the nation and calling on Congress to develop a long-term, sustainable revenue solution to permanently stabilize the Highway Trust Fund (HTF).
9/3/14: ARTBA New Federal Banking Rules
ARTBA statement submitted May 6 to the Senate Finance Committee on the challenges and solutions for the Highway Trust Fund’s recurring revenue shortfalls.
5/6/14: ARTBA Senate Finance Committee May
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.
02/12/14: Testimony to Senate Environment & Public Works Committee
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.
09/25/13: Senate EPW Highway Trust Fund Hearing
The Highway Trust Fund’s problems are political, not structural, ARTBA tells the House Budget Committee.
04/24/13: State of the Highway Trust Fund: Long-Term Solutions for Solvency
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.
The “white paper” presents ARTBA’s perspective regarding the application and details of the design build process.
Public Private Partnerships
- ARTBA’s P3 Policy Recommendations submitted to the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee’s P3 Panel
- ARTBA’s Summary of the T&I Panel’s Report
- The T&I Panel’s Full Report
- ARTBA’s letter to Gov. Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) urging veto of restrictive P3 bill
- Hickenlooper’s veto announcement, acknowledging ARTBA’s letter
- ARTBA’s comments on possible revisions to Virginia’s P3 Implementation Manual
- ARTBA’s P3 Conference website, including recap of 26th annual conference in July 2014
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.
The Role of Private Investment in Meeting U.S. Transportation Infrastructure Needs
EPA Permit Veto Authority
EPA’s veto of a valid wetlands permit poses great risks for transportation construction, ARTBA Senior Vice Chairman warns House T&I subcommittee.
07/15/14: ARTBA Testimony on EPA Veto Authority