Infrastructure Bill Aligns With Key AASHTO Principles

An 81-page analysis of the $1.2 trillion “Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act” (IIJA) passed by the Senate on August 10 and now winding its way through the House of Representatives finds it aligns with key principles espoused by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

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A Rescue for the Highway Trust Fund

August 3, 2021 – The Highway Trust Fund was just thrown a lifeline. A $118 billion bailout of the Highway Trust Fund from the Treasury’s general fund was slipped into the ever-evolving infrastructure bill text at the last minute. I could have predicted there would be something in the bill at some point, given lawmakers’ inability to agree on user-fee…

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Money on Top of Money

June 25, 2021 – We are starting to talk about a lot of money. The infrastructure agreement reached by The White House and a bipartisan group of senators includes $312 billion dedicated to transportation, including $109 billion for roads and bridges, a proposal that would represent a significant boost in federal spending for the nation’s transportation infrastructure. That would be…

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New TRIP Report Details National Infrastructure Crisis

As the U.S. Interstate Highway System reaches 65 years old, it is congested, carries significant levels of travel – particularly by large trucks – and lacks adequate funding to make needed repairs and improvements. America’s most critical transportation link will need to be rebuilt and expanded to meet the nation’s growing transportation needs, according to a report released by TRIP, a…

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TRIP: Oklahoma Still Needs Infrastructure Investment

While the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been able to make significant improvements to state-maintained roads and bridges, additional progress may be stalled due to a lack of reliable funding. Increased investment in transportation improvements at the local, state and federal levels could improve road and bridge conditions, boost safety, ease congestion and improve reliability, and support short- and…

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House Committee Moves Transportation Legislation

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved two major pieces of infrastructure legislation on a bipartisan basis during a 19-hour markup, both of which make transformational investments to modernize America’s roads, bridges, highways, rail, transit and wastewater systems.  The policy changes advanced in committee mark a significant departure from status quo infrastructure legislation of the past in order to…

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AASHTO: 2022 Budget Request Seeks $88 Billion for USDOT

According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the 72-page fiscal year 2022 budget request issued by the Office of Management and Budget on May 28 seeks $88.2 billion for the U.S. Department of Transportation – an increase of $352 million or 0.4% over the enacted FY 2021 level, though that number does not include funding proposed by…

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