Top Priorities2021-03-08T17:56:08-05:00

Top Priorities

Key Focus:

#1: Advocating for a significant increase in surface transportation investment. The Sept. 30 expiration of the federal highway and public transit funding authorization means the new Congress and Biden administration will have to address the nation’s continued infrastructure related challenges. TMAW will use this tangible deadline to promote action on a multi-year robust surface transportation bill and infrastructure investment package to aid recovery and economic renewal.

#2: Expanded regulatory and environmental advocacy. TMAW contributions support participation in litigation to protect the transportation construction industry’s market and business interests. TMAW’s efforts working with the Trump administration resulted in modernization of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and replacement of the controversial “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule—both of which are aimed at accelerating the transportation delivery process. The NEPA and WOTUS proposals are being challenged in federal court. The legal battles are expected to intensify in 2021 since the Biden administration isn’t likely to support the reforms.

Education Campaign: New Congress

To educate the nearly 70 new members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, ARTBA will prepare customized materials via an interactive dashboard platform to highlight the economic benefits of transportation investment and specific infrastructure projects in their states/districts.

The Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™

The Transportation Investment Advocacy Center, or TIAC, is focused on helping state and local advocates push transportation infrastructure funding initiatives through legislation and ballot initiatives. It is the only information sharing clearinghouse of its kind. The Center, now in its 8th year of operation and reliant exclusively on TMAW funding, has organized and supports a 32-state and growing network of activists.

Coalitions

ARTBA makes major financial investments to support like-minded coalitions and other industry groups pursuing similar policy agendas, including the:

  • 32-member Transportation Construction Coalition (ARTBA co-chairs)
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce-led Americans for Transportation Mobility
  • The Road Information Program
  • Waters Advocacy Coalition
  • Small Business Legislative Council
  • Construction Industry Safety Coalition

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