Stakeholders Again Call On US Congress to Approve Long-Term Transportation Funding

Senators on the policy panel on highways heard a familiar tune from three prominent transportation stakeholders Nov. 28.

In short, the stakeholders told the members of the Environment and Public Works Committee: The country’s transportation network is desperately in need of long-term federal funding assurances meant to improve freight and commuter connectivity, the result of which could boost the economy.

“We believe that it is now time for all transportation stakeholders, led by Congress and the president, to begin work on reauthorizing the FAST Act [2015 highway law] and to ensure a smooth transition to the next long-term bill without the need for disruptive extensions,” said Carlos Braceras, president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Braceras also is Utah Department of Transportation’s executive director.