Current Issues

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

Transportation & Elections

Read ARTBA’s comprehensive report tracking 90 transportation ballot initiatives from the November 2014 elections as well as reports from previous elections.

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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.

Performance Management

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.

Bridge Inspection

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

Project Delivery

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.

Public Transportation

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.

Freight Policy

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.



Project Delivery

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

Suggested Best Practices for Design-Build in Transportation Construction

Public Private Partnerships



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