Buttigieg Touts Road Usage Fees

March 3, 2021 – Restoring the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) must occur in a way that is “sustainable, predictable, defensible and affordable” with “some sort of road usage levy necessary” on all vehicles in the future, according to Pete Buttigieg, secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Speaking at the virtual 2021 American Association of State Highway and…

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Biden Touts Infrastructure; AASHTO Sets Priorities

President Joe Biden said in a statement, “in my first appearance before a Joint Session of Congress, I will lay out … my Build Back Better Recovery Plan. It will make historic investments in infrastructure and manufacturing, innovation, research and development, and clean energy.” The president said this approach would create more than 18 million jobs.

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Buttigieg Gets Confirmation Hearing for Transportation Secretary

Pete Buttigieg – former 2020 Democratic candidate for president and mayor of South Bend, Ind. – touted safety and infrastructure investment as his key priorities during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Jan. 21 to be the 19th U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

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Letter Calls on Congress to Make ‘Turn-Key’ Transportation Deal

On Sept. 9, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) along with 87 other organizations co-signed a letter to Congressional leadership calling for a one-year “turn-key” extension of current surface transportation funding legislation with the addition of emergency funding for state departments of transportation and public transit agencies.

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Federal Shutdown Impacting Project Planning for State DOTs

As the partial shutdown of the federal government over border wall funding stretches past 20 days, some state departments of transportation are beginning to curtail planning for new projects while several mass transit systems are scrambling as many rely on federal grants for both operating revenues and capital funding, according to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

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