(WASHINGTON)—The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and American Public Transportation Association (APTA) today launched the second wave of their radio campaign telling Congress to fix federal transportation funding and find a permanent solution for the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF).
The 30-second spot will air on WTOP—Washington, D.C.’s, top-rated news talk radio station—multiple times during the morning and afternoon drive times from May 12-14.
Last week, the two associations targeted radio spots in the home states and districts represented by nine congressional leaders.
Both campaigns precede the May 31 deadline to extend funding through the HTF for the federal highway and public transit program. With just weeks to go, congressional leaders are talking about passing another short-term funding patch, adding to the $50 billion debt they’ve already left to future generations.
Noting that burden, the latest ad continues: “Tell Congress to fix the Highway Trust Fund the right way this time. User fees are fair and they work.” Listen to the full ad.
ARTBA, APTA and other industry allies are continuing to push Congress to agree on a sustainable funding source for the HTF and then pivot to passage of a multi-year highway and public transit investment bill that gives states and communities the additional resources necessary to improve their infrastructure networks.
Last week’s ARTBA and APTA radio ads were placed in the home districts of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)
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.
APTA represents 1,500 public and private sector organizations engaged in such transportation areas as bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail.