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July 2, 2009
U.S. DOT today sent Congressional committees its proposal for an 18 month extension of authorization for federal surface transportation programs. Calling the proposal "Stage I Reauthorization," the administration asked for a $20 billion general fund transfer to keep both the federal-aid highway program and the federal transit program solvent through March 31, 2011.  The administration's proposal also calls for a series of policy changes that would begin to implement changes in the way these programs are administered.
July 2, 2009
The Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) today released the results of a national study conducted by the Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation (PIRE) that found that more than half of highway fatalities are related to deficient roadway conditions.  Titled "On a Crash Course: The Dangers and Health Costs of Deficient Roadways," the study found the $217 billion cost of deficient roadway conditions dwarfs the costs of other safety factors, including:  $130 billion for alcohol, $97 billion for speeding, or $60 billion for failing to wear a safety belt.  Indeed, the $217 b
July 1, 2009
The Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC), co-chaired by AGC, today released a new report that shows the $217 billion cost of deficient roadways, far outweighing costs of other safety factors.
June 26, 2009
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee released details of reauthorization legislation, the Surface Transportation Authorization Act of 2009. The legislation is a 6-year $500 billion committee draft that would replace the current authorization, SAFETEA-LU, which is due to expire on September 30, but does not identify a method for funding.
June 25, 2009
Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Ranking Republican Jim Inhofe (R-OK) indicated today their support for an 18 month extension of authorization for the federal highway and transit programs which expire on September 30, 2009. The EPW Committee leaders made their comments to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood during a committee hearing on the status of stimulus funded transportation projects. Sec.
June 25, 2009
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit on Wednesday reported out the Surface Transportation Authorization Act of 2009 a six-year reauthorization of the federal highway and transit programs to replace SAFETEA-LU which expires on September 30, 2009. While there were as many as 30 proposed amendments pending, and several were discussed, the Committee's bipartisan leadership supported a strategy to not vote on amendments, making the bill available for further discussion with the intent of having the full T&I Committee mark up the bill in July.
June 25, 2009
As part of the Transportation Construction Coalition, AGC and other coalition members have launched a new advertising campaign in Capitol Hill-targeted publications (including today's Roll Call) to push for immediate passage of a six-year surface transportation investment bill.
June 12, 2009
AGC's Brian Deery, Senior Director, Highway and Transportation Division, discussed the need for a revenue increase in the highway reauthorization legislation to address the nation's transportation woes in a video address.
June 12, 2009
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar's (D-Minn.) hopes to have a transportation reauthorization bill passed before the House recesses for the summer may not be fulfilled. A markup of the legislation tentatively scheduled by the Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit for June 17 has been postponed. The "Big Four" (Committee and Subcommittee Chairs and ranking members) met this week to discuss the proposed legislation and did not agree on a set of principles for inclusion in the bill.
June 12, 2009
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) briefed members of the relevant House and Senate Committees about the revenue shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund that could cause a slowdown in payments to states as early as mid-July. The Obama Administration has indicated that an infusion of $5 billion to $7 billion will be necessary soon in order to fully fund existing commitments through September 30, 2009, or the end of fiscal year 2009.

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