With federal highway and bridge funding to the states in jeopardy later this year, the Washington, D.C.-based American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is using the March 4-8 CONEXPO-CON/AGG trade show in Las Vegas to urge industry professionals to contact their members of Congress to fix the Highway Trust Fund (HTF).
On average, 52 percent of the funding for state and local road and bridge work - the largest market sector - comes from the federal program that is supported by the HTF. Without action by Congress and the President before October 1, that funding will be gone for new projects in fiscal year 2015.
ARTBA President Pete Ruane said CONEXPO-CON/AGG attendees should deliver this simple message to their elected leaders: “Congressman… Senator… you represent me and my family in Congress. And my job depends on Congress fixing the Highway Trust Fund before October 1. Please do your job and make sure that happens.”
ARTBA’s toll-free Grassroots Action Hotline” (888-448-2782) offers a direct connection to members of the House and Senate. All you have to do is provide your home zip code.
The association is also encouraging the 100,000+ CONEXPO-CON/AGG participants to download the free “Transportation Construction Advocate app, which is available in both the iTunes and Google Play app stores. The app provides users with key information to convey to their elected leaders, including “Talking Points,” “Facts & Stats” about the industry’s economic impact, and a “Feedback” button to provide instant reports about meetings and conversations with lawmakers.
Additional information about the HTF and reauthorization of the surface transportation bill MAP-21, is available at ARTBA’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG booth located in the Grand Lobby of the Convention Center, #20049.