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ARTBA Outlines for New Trump Administration Regulatory Reforms to Help Speed Transportation Project Delivery

More than 20 federal regulations and other policy actions are affecting, and in some cases, hindering the ability to complete transportation improvement projects efficiently, safely, in a timely manner and in the best interests of U.S. taxpayers, according to a comprehensive new report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

“Ripe for Reform: Federal Regulatory Issues Impacting Transportation Project Delivery” is aimed at assisting the incoming administration’s previously announced review of federal regulations, and has already been shared with transition officials. The recommendations were developed with input from ARTBA’s public and private sector members, and its state contractor chapter affiliates.

The association is also distributing the report to House and Senate transportation leaders and their staffs, and plans to share it with new federal agency officials following the Jan. 20 inauguration.

Citing President-elect Donald Trump’s oft-stated commitment to investing major dollars to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure, ARTBA notes that “(l)essening the transportation construction industry’s unreasonable regulatory burden will maximize the value of the significant new dollars being invested in transportation improvement projects, unleash innovation in designing and building them, and take full advantage of job-creation possibilities.”

The compilation document addresses existing rules, proposed rules, guidance and executive orders currently in place, a flurry of which have been issued by the Obama administration. These include regulations and policies administered by the: U.S. States Department of Transportation (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, project labor agreements, hours of service); Environmental Protection Agency (Waters of the U.S., Clean Air Act standards); Department of Labor (silica exposure and recordkeeping); Department of the Interior (Endangered Species Act); and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (greenhouse gas).

Read the full report.

Established in 1902, ARTBA represents the U.S. transportation construction industry before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, courts, news media and general public.

Northwestern University Professor Joseph Schofer Honored with ARTBA’s Research & Education Award

Dr. Joseph L. Schofer, associate dean and professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, is the 2017 recipient of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) prestigious “S.S. Steinberg Award.” He was honored Jan. 9 during the association’s annual Research & Education Division (RED) meeting in the Nation’s Capital.

Named after the founding president of the RED, the award recognizes “an individual who has made remarkable contributions to transportation education.”

Dr. Schofer has taught for five decades, preparing transportation graduates at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate levels. His students have built careers in transportation planning and operations at some of the largest transit and transportation agencies in the country. Many others have entered academia to teach the next generation of transportation professionals.

Schofer’s teachings extend beyond the classroom, bringing infrastructure design, operations and policies to wide audiences through public lectures, alumni tours to locations like the Panama Canal, and a long-running podcast.

He has also been active in the Transportation Research Board (TRB) for over 40 years, leading activities in transportation data programs, planning, policy analysis and decision making. He has chaired three major policy studies, six TRB conferences, two task forces and the data and information system section. He is a winner of several TRB awards and recipient of the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Wilbur S. Smith “Distinguished Educator Award.”

As 2016 Fades Into History…

Baby & GIt’s been a long year but we survived it. The elections are over and the world is looking ahead to see what emerges and evolves.

As you might expect all the industry associations have published congratulatory statements to president-elect Donald Trump. I have participated in a Wells Fargo webinar that looked at the some of the possibilities we could expect in the coming year under a new administration. The projections are positive especially for our infrastructure.

ASCE – Civil Engineers Urge President-Elect Trump To Fulfill Vow To Invest In America’s Infrastructure

The following is a statement by Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D., P.E., F. SEI., F. ASCE, president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), on the election of Donald J. Trump as the next President of the United States:

“The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) congratulates President-elect Trump upon his election and urges prompt action on his ambitious plan to repair and modernize our nation’s infrastructure and foster economic growth. Infrastructure is the very backbone of our nation’s economy, yet ASCE’s 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure gave the nation’s infrastructure a cumulative grade of ‘D+.’ An economic study we released earlier this year found that the U.S. is on track to invest only half of what is needed in infrastructure over the next decade. A continued failure to act will result in significant consequences for our economy and for American families, who lose $3,400 a year due to aging infrastructure.

“If invested wisely, President-elect Trump’s proposed $1 trillion investment in infrastructure represents an important step toward closing the investment gap to raise the grade and achieve a globally competitive American infrastructure system fit for the 21st century. ASCE and its 150,000 members call on President-elect Trump and the 115th Congress to prioritize infrastructure repair, replacement, and modernization, to improve our economy, public health, and safety, so that every family, community, and business can thrive.”

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President & CEO Pete Ruane Statement
on the Election of Donald Trump:

Pete Ruane

Pete Ruane

“President-elect Trump will have a ‘can do’ industry as his partner in rebuilding and expanding the nation’s transportation infrastructure to make it again second to none. Give us the proper resources and the new jobs and innovative solutions will take off.

“Republicans in Congress should heed the call of their party’s leader and make urgently-needed improvements of national infrastructure networks a top priority in early 2017.

“Despite a highly partisan political environment, Republicans and Democrats have routinely worked in a bipartisan manner to support infrastructure legislation.  All sides should view a long-term infrastructure package as an opportunity for the two parties to come together and make meaningful progress for the American people.”

Other industry associations and organizations have published similar statements. The timing couldn’t be better for CONEXPO CON/AGG 2017, Las Vegas, Nevada March 7-11, 2017.

ARTBA Foundation Announces 2016Transportation Development Hall of Fame Honorees

36c7fbed-30d0-432b-8904-e2b650dedefdThe 34th President of the United States, one of the “fathers” of the Interstate Highway System, and the iconic founders of Caterpillar Inc., have been selected into the 2016 American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation’s “Hall of Fame.”

Launched in 2010, the “Transportation Development Hall of Fame” honors individuals or families from the public and private sectors who have made extraordinary contributions to U.S. transportation development during their careers. A committee of judges comprised of construction industry journalists annually reviews nominees in two categories:

Transportation Design & Construction Industry Innovators: Honors the men and women who discovered or created a “game changing” product or process that significantly advanced transportation design, construction and/or safety. It seeks to honor the original innovator.
     Benjamin Leroy Holt & Clarence Leo “C.L.” Best

Transportation Design & Construction Industry Leaders (Individuals or Families): Recognizes men, women and families who have made significant contributions—beyond just having successful businesses or careers—that have notably helped advance the interests and image of the transportation design, construction and safety industry.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower
 Francis C. Turner

Innovators:

Benjamin Leroy Holt (1849-1920) & Clarence Leo “C.L.” Best (1878-1951)

Benjamin Leroy Holt built his first combined harvester in Stockton, California, in 1886, using flexible chain belts rather than gears to transmit power from the ground wheels to the working mechanism, thus reducing breakage and down time. He built his first steam traction engine tractor in 1890, which could burn wood, coal or oil as fuel and carry 675 gallons of water. Holt incorporated the Holt Manufacturing Company with his brothers in 1892.

Meanwhile, Clarence Leo “C.L.” Best began his career in 1891, at the age of 13, working for his father Daniel Best. Best established the C.L. Best Gas Traction Co. in 1910, the same year Holt Manufacturing registered “Caterpillar” as a trademark. The two companies merged to form the Caterpillar Tractor Co., in 1925. Its first product line consisted of five tractors. In 1936, the company’s track-type tractors helped complete the construction of the Hoover Dam, and one year later Caterpillar machines helped complete the Golden Gate Bridge. Best was chairman of the board of Caterpillar Tractor Company from its founding until his death in 1951.

Whether supporting Allied Troops during World Wars I and II, widening the Panama Canal or helping to construct the Three Gorges Dam in China, “Caterpillar Yellow” machines are known as the standard for the industry. The company, whose current product line consists of more than 300 machines, helped transform the way both the private and public sector transportation construction market completes projects.

Leaders:

     President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

His views about the need for a network of Interstate highways were shaped by a 62-day, 3,000-mile cross country trek over dirt, mud and sand roads in 1919 as a young army officer, and also by seeing first-hand the efficiency and strategic value of Germany’s Autobahn during World War II.

Later, as president, Dwight David Eisenhower worked doggedly to build a similar superhighway in the U.S., not only for military transport and evacuation of cities, but also to help reduce road fatalities and connect communities.

On June 29, 1956, President Eisenhower signed the law authorizing construction of the Interstate Highway System and creating the Highway Trust Fund to pay for it. It was the most notable domestic achievement of his presidency, and has been called one of the greatest achievements of the federal government during the second half of the 20th century.

The 47,000-mile road network became the thread that connects the fabric of America. Today, it continues to serve as the lifeblood of the U.S. economy, and provides an unprecedented level of mobility and safety for all Americans.

     Francis C. Turner (1908-1999)

In 1994, American Heritage magazine named him one of 10 people who, although unknown to the general public, had changed life for all in America. Others called him one of the “fathers” of the U.S. Interstate Highway System.

Much of his 50-year career in public service focused on big projects and big ideas, and his work produced big results.

Frank Turner first joined the federal Bureau of Public Roads in 1929. In 1943, he was chosen to expedite completion of the Alaska Highway. In 1950, he was named coordinator of the Inter-American highway and projects in other countries.

When President Eisenhower appointed the Clay Committee to plan the Interstates, Turner became the body’s executive secretary. He helped lead the committee’s work and was the liaison between the Bureau and Congress as it wrote the 1956 law authorizing the Interstate system.

With Interstate construction underway, Turner worked from 1957-69 as deputy commissioner of public roads, chief engineer and director of public roads to resolve disputes and keep the program moving forward. In 1969, he was appointed Federal Highway Administrator, the only holder of that position to come up through the ranks. He held the post until his retirement in June 1972.

For more than 30 years, the ARTBA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity, has supported an array of initiatives to “promote research, education and public awareness.” Its efforts include educational scholarships, awards, executive education seminars, roadway work zone safety and training programs, special economic reports and a national exhibition on transportation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

ARTBA President & CEO Pete Ruane Statement on Elaine Chao’s Selection as U.S. Secretary of Transportation

fa4ca536-14f6-4df1-83e2-ca3527905984American Road &Transportation Builders Association President & CEO Pete Ruane issued the following statement in reaction to Elaine Chao’s selection as U.S. DOT Secretary:

Pete Ruane

Pete Ruane

“President-elect Trump has made a very good choice in selecting an experienced and proven leader to serve in this key cabinet post.

“As a former deputy secretary of transportation and secretary of labor in the respective Bush Administrations, there will be little learning curve for Elaine Chao. She is already well-versed on federal transportation policy, regulatory and safety matters.

“We look forward to her playing a critical leadership role in fulfilling President-elect Trump’s campaign pledge to make major new strategic investments in America’s transportation infrastructure network.”

Since 1902, ARTBA has been the “consensus voice” of the U.S. transportation design and construction industry before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, news media and the general public.