Current Issues

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 November 23, 2015

Senate/House Conference on Highway/Transit Bill

ARTBA and 39 other national associations sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to direct the Senate/House “conference committee” charged with reconciling highway/transit bills from each chamber to produce a final bill of less than six years in duration that significantly increases surface transportation investment. Read the letter.

ARTBA also sent a letter to all of the conferees articulating the transportation construction industry’s recommendations between the House and Senate measures. Read the letter.

Transportation & Elections

Read ARTBA’s comprehensive report tracking 37 transportation ballot initiatives from the November 2015 elections as well as reports from previous elections. View the Full Report

ARTBA Letter on STRRA Amendments

ARTBA sent a detailed Oct. 22 letter to all House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee members providing our analysis and position on amendments to the “Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (STRRA) of 2015” that would directly impact the transportation construction industry and its ability to deliver needed highway and public transportation improvements. View The Letter

House Surface Transportation Reauthorization Analysis

ARTBA’s government affairs team has prepared a comprehensive analysis of the “Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015,” released Oct. 16 by the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. View Full Analysis

Aug. 6 webinar

Webinar slides from “The Path Forward on the Federal Highway & Transit Investment Bill & Potential Transportation Construction Market Impacts.” View the Slides

Drive Act Analysis

ARTBA’s government affairs team has prepared a comprehensive analysis of the “Developing a Reliable & Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act,” which was approved 65 to 34 by the U.S. Senate on July 30, 2015. View the Full Report

Congressional Testimony on Highway Trust Fund

The Highway Trust Fund’s financial problems are structural and political, ARTBA said in June 17, 2015, testimony submitted for a House Ways & Means Committee hearing.

View the Testimony

How a Gas Tax Increase Affects the Retail Pump Price

A June 2015 analysis looks at how a gas tax increase affects pump price. View The Full Report

Gas Tax Supporters Not Hurt at Ballot Box

Voting for a gas tax increase to fund transportation investments has not hurt Republicans or Democrats at the ballot box, a new ARTBA political analysis shows. View the Full Report.

Are Americans Paying Enough to Support Our National Highway and Transit Network?

The average American driver is only being asked to contribute 1.2 percent of their annual cost to own and operate a motor vehicle toward funding federal investments in highways and transit capital improvements. Read the full report

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. Download PDF View the infographics

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. View More

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

EPA “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

11/02/15:  ARTBA Letter of Support for S. 1140, the “Federal Water Quality Protection Act” aimed at forcing EPA to withdraw the WOTUS 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. Safety 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