The American Road & Transportation Builders Association's (ARTBA) comprehensive plan to "reform, refocus, restructure and refinance" the nation's federal surface transportation programs is essential to help improve an aging infrastructure network and ensure future U.S. global competitiveness, the group's chief executive told participants at a conference held at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y.
ARTBA President Pete Ruane delivered his remarks at the "Infrastructure: A Pathway to Prosperity" event hosted by Connecticut-headquartered Terex Corporation. Sessions outlined the challenges facing America's aging infrastructure and how to fix the problem, including new methods for financing public works.
ARTBA's "vision" for the next highway/transit investment bill was detailed in a comprehensive 72-page report sent to Congress late last year and can be found online in the "government affairs" section of www.artba.org. It calls for an increase in existing federal transportation user fees to protect and upgrade past investments and to finance a new, 25-year "Critical Commerce Corridors" construction program to add needed multi-modal capacity across the nation to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of freight. The current transportation law—SAFETEA-LU—expires September 30, 2009.