ARTBA and Some 80 Organizations Urge Passage of FAST Act One-year Extension

September 9, 2020 

The Honorable Mitch McConnell                                               The Honorable Nancy Pelosi 

Majority Leader                                                                         Speaker

U.S. Senate U.S.                                                                        House of Representatives 

Washington, D.C. 20510                                                            Washington, D.C. 20515 

The Honorable Charles Schumer                                               The Honorable Kevin McCarthy 

Democratic Leader                                                                     Republican Leader 

U.S. Senate U.S.                                                                        House of Representatives 

Washington, D.C. 205150                                                           Washington, D.C. 20515 

Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, Democratic Leader Schumer, and Republican Leader McCarthy: 

The current surface transportation law—the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act—expires in 21 days. Therefore, the undersigned 88 organizations urge you to pass legislation to the President before September 30 that includes: 

1. A turn-key, one-year extension of the current surface transportation law with increased investment levels; 

2. Emergency federal funding for state departments of transportation and public transit agencies$37 billion and $32 billion, respectively; and 

3. Provisions to ensure solvency of the Highway Trust Fund for the duration of the extension at a minimum. 

Public agencies continue to face COVID-19 pandemic-induced revenue declines. As a result, state and local entities already delayed or cancelled $8 billion in surface transportation projects, with more on the horizon absent any clear sign of support from the federal government. Failure to approve a one-year extension with increased funding for the purpose of stability would only exacerbate this dire situation.

Passing legislation that includes the aforementioned priorities would enable critical improvements that increase the safety and efficiency of the surface transportation system. This timely action by Congress would tangibly enhance the quality of life for all Americans and jumpstart America’s economic recovery. 

Thank you for your leadership in addressing these critical issues. We look forward to working with you to approve such legislation before September 30. 

 Sincerely, American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials
American Road & Transportation Builders Association 
Associated General Contractors of America 
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 
Association of Equipment ManufacturersNational Retail Federation
American Public Transportation Association 
International Union of Operating Engineers 
Laborers’ International Union of North America 
Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO 
National Association of Manufacturers 
American Highway Users Alliance 
Retail Industry Leaders Association 
North America’s Building Trades Unions 
American Society of Civil Engineers 
Associated Builders and Contractors 
National Association of Counties 
American Council of Engineering Companies 
American Concrete Pavement Association 
National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association 
American Concrete Pipe Association 
American Traffic Safety Services Association 
National Asphalt Pavement Association 
Portland Cement Association 
The Surety & Fidelity Association of America 
Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA) 
American Subcontractors Association 
Building America’s Future 
Associated Equipment Distributors 
American Iron and Steel Institute 
American Institute of Steel Construction 
National Steel Bridge Alliance 
Auto Care Association 
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association 
National Association of Surety Bond Producers 
American Public Works Association 
Geospatial Equipment & Technology Institute (GETI) 
National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) 
Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Association 
U.S. Geospatial Executives Organization (U.S. GEO) 
Intelligent Transportation Society of America 
Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association 
National Safety Council 
League of American Bicyclists
Safe Routes Partnership 
The Design-Build Institute of America 
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance 
United Brotherhood of Carpenters 
Governors Highway Safety Association 
Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure 
Community Transportation Association of America 
International Association of Iron Workers 
Transport Workers Union of America 
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association 
Institute of Transportation Engineers 
Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) 
Railway Supply Institute 
National Utility Contractors Association 
FP2 (formerly Foundation for Pavement Preservation) 
National Tour Association 
United States Tour Operators Association 
American Association of Port Authorities 
Institute of Makers of Explosives 
National Electrical Contractors Association 
Industrial Minerals Association – North America 
Construction & Demolition Recycling Association 
National Association of County Engineers 
The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) 
American Concrete Pumping Association 
Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute 
Steel Manufacturers Association 
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute 
Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association 
National Parking Association 
National Waste and Recycling Association 
North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) 
Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association 
National Mining Association 
Lubricant Manufacturers Association 
Associated Wire Rope Fabricators 
National Association of Trailer Manufacturers 
Metals Service Center Institute 
Corn Refiners Association 
Amalgamated Transit Union 
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 
American Foundry Society 
Women Construction Owners and Executives 
NORA, An Association of Responsible Recyclers 

cc: All Members of Congress

Contact your Senate and House representatives and urge them to pass a one-year extension to the FAST Act.