Dr. T Peter Ruane
Dr. T Peter Ruane
Called the “dean of transportation lobbyists” by a leading Capitol Hill publication, Dr. T. Peter Ruane led the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) for 30 years, until his November 2018 retirement. He was the longest-tenured chief executive in the association’s 117-year history.
Ruane was a fixture in federal transportation investment policy and politics in the Nation’s Capital, regularly testifying at congressional hearings and providing counsel to administrations from both political parties. When Ruane joined ARTBA in 1988, the total annual federal investment in the U.S. highway and transit programs was $16 billion. At the time of his retirement, it was about $60 billion annually.
Under Ruane’s stewardship, ARTBA developed and launched nationally-acclaimed economic research, safety and education programs, including the: Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™; National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse™; and the American National Standards Institute-accredited Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ program. He was pivotal in the 1996 creation of the 31-member Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC), the 105-member Alliance for Truth in Transportation Budgeting, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-led Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM).
Another key Ruane leadership initiative included the 1990 creation of the association’s eighth permanent membership division—Public-Private Partnerships in Transportation—to help develop and move federal legislation that would foster private investment in transportation projects to supplement public funding. ARTBA played a key role in opening this door in the 1995 highway bill which allowed, for the first time, states to be reimbursed with federal funds for bond principal, interest costs and insurance on Title 23 projects.