by Beth McGinn
The following statement is from ARTBA President & CEO Pete Ruane:
“Jim Oberstar was the epitome of a statesman. He truly believed good policy made good politics
“For more than 40 years, Jim combined an encyclopedic knowledge of intermodal transportation issues with a practical ability to forge consensus among parties with divergent perspectives. The end result is a long, unmatched list of legislative achievements in the transportation arena.
“In the air, he fought for safer airline cabins, adequate emergency exits, and floor-proximity directional lighting. On the ground, he was a driving force and author of historic federal highway, bridge, and public transportation investment laws in 1991, 1998 and 2005. His goal always was to make travel in the U.S. more safe, efficient and accessible for all Americans.
“On a personal level, I was honored to have known Jim since 1972 and proud to call him a friend. He was a kind and generous man with a booming laugh, had a strong commitment to his family, and an ability to keep you captivated with his story-telling. The palpable sense of joy on his face when he talked about his children and grandchildren will not be forgotten.
“The membership of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association extends its deepest sympathies to Jim’s wife, Jean, and to the entire Oberstar family. He will be missed.”