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MARCH 19, 2012
Discovery Channel’s Danny Forster to Headline TransOvation
Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Transportation Bill
Danny Forster, a highlyrenowned speaker at industry conferences around the world and the host of The Discovery Channel’s “Build it Bigger” series, will provide a jolt of energy and inspirational ideas about the topic of innovation as the featured speaker at the July 25-27 ARTBA TransOvation Continued on page 4
House Returns, Talking Bill Extension Members of the House of Representatives return to Washington, D.C., this week and reports are circulating that transportation leaders will not address a multi-year reauthorization until midApril—alluding that a ninth temporary extension of the highway and transit programs is in the works. However, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reiterated the chamber is still exploring its options with a multi-year Continued on page 3 Follow ARTBA:
The Senate March 14 voted 74-22 to pass S. 1813, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act, which would reauthorize the federal highway and transit programs for FY 2012 and FY 2013 at FY 2011 investment levels plus adjustments for inflation. The measure would also make a number of policy and project delivery reforms long supported by ARTBA. Following the
overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, the Senate and Obama Administration immediately urged the House to pass the Senate’s bill in lieu of continued efforts on the House’s stalled five-year, $260 billion measure. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the top republican on the Senate Banking Committee, with jurisdiction over public transportation programs, said last week, “I would hope that the House would consider a bill
of this magnitude. It will put a lot of people back to work. 74 votes, it’s a bipartisan bill. That’s a strong message. I wish they’d take up the Senate bill and pass it.” Reaching this point in the reauthorization process is a significant milestone. Thank you to all ARTBA members who made contact with your Senators over the past years. But our work is far from finished.
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LōTrans™ Virtual Conference & Exhibit September 18-20 At Your Desktop According to ARTBA’s economics team, municipalities and county governments control 36 % of the U.S. transportation design and construction market. At $70.4 billion a year and growing, this is market that can’t be ignored.1 There are nearly 20,000 city and country agencies in the U.S.2 responsible for managing and maintaining over 3 million miles of roadway, 228,000 bridges and 5,200 airports.3 They employ nearly 553,000 workers, with a payroll of $2.4 billion.4 In 2010, these agencies spent almost $21 billion on infrastructure maintenance work, most conducted with in-house staff and equipment. They also oversaw—or undertook—an additional $18 billion in road, bridge and airport construction, $2.7 billion in transportation design work, and $6 billion in traffic safety activities and snow removal.5
In a first-of-its-kind event, ARTBA will be bringing these public officials together with companies that have products and services that can help agencies operate more efficiently. Scheduled for September 18-20, LōTrans™ 2012 is the “Local Trans portation Asset Management Virtual Conference & Innovation Showcase.” It will also feature “Best Practices in Work Zone Safety.” The conference and educational content are being organized by ARTBA’s Transportation Officials Division and the National LTAP Association to meet the information needs of one audience—local transportation agency professionals. With tight budgets, they can’t travel. LōTrans™ will break down that barrier by going to them—with a state-of-the-art virtual conference and trade show they can visit for free at their desktops.
Visit: www.lotransvirtualconference.org. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Highway Statistics. Table HF-10 for 2009. 2 National Association of Counties. 3 U.S. Department of Transportation. 4 U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, 2007 Economic Census. 5 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Highway Statistics, Table HF-10 for 2009. 1
$70.4 Billion in Local Spending -‐ Where Does Your Company Fit In? Maintenance 29%
Engineering & ROW 5% Traﬃc services & snow removal 9%
Law enforcement & safety 13%
Source: Federal Highway Administra*on, Highway Sta*s*cs
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Talking Bill Extension
ARTBA Foundation Launches New Awards Program to Honor Transportation Innovation
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bill—“no decisions have been made by the leaders with respect to how the House will proceed and won’t be until they’ve discussed the situation with our members.” Boehner and House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) continue to express their strong preference to advance the five-year proposal from the T&I Committee. The challenge with which they are grappling remains securing sufficient support from House Republicans. Please use the ARTBA Grassroots Action Hotline at 888.448.2782 to contact your U.S. Representatives this week. Urge them to move forward with H.R. 7, a five-year $260 billion reauthorization of the federal surface transportation program. Please report your feedback to ARTBA’s Hank Webster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recognizing Innovations That Improve Transportation
June 1, 2012
The ARTBA-TDF is launching a new awards program to promote and recognize innovations that make the U.S. transportation infrastructure network the best it can be in serving those who pay for it, use it and rely on it. The “TransOvation Awards” honor innovative transportation infrastructure-related products, services, technologies and techniques introduced over the past five years that can be documented to provide a high return-on-investment by:
• Improving transportation safety; • Saving transportation users and taxpayers time and/or money; or • Making our transportation infrastructure more environmentally sustainable.
Nomination forms, which are available at www.transovation.org, or by clicking the document above, are due by June 1. Contact ARTBA’s Awards & Scholarship Program Manager, Holly Bolton at email@example.com with questions.
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Help ARTBA Share Your Project’s Innovation Success Stories
Flagging Fundamentals: A New ARTBA Training Video
As part of an upcoming special issue of “Transportation Builder” (TB) magazine, ARTBA will be putting the spotlight on our industry’s use of innovation in building all modes of transportation improvement projects.
With this new video refresher produced by ARTBA’s expert safety team, you will: • Master the correct signaling procedures; • Know what to wear; • Learn why traffic signs and control devices are important to your safety • Understand how to protect yourself from traffic; • Acquire “best practice” flagging skills to ensure compliance with the Manual or Uniform Traffic Control Devices; and • Become a better and more commanding flagger.
We are asking you to share with us examples of your company’s use of innovative design and construction techniques, materials, new equipment, state-of-the-art technology or improved safety features. In your explanation, which should be 300 words or less, be sure to include the project’s official name, a short description, its location, cost, completion date, a list of any appropriate partners and your contact information. We’d also request you send a relevant photo (minimum 300 dpi).
Available in Spanish and English. $150 members. $180 non-members. Order at www.artbastore.com or contact ARTBA’s Peter Embrey at 202.289.4434.
Selected projects will not only be included in TB, but also featured during ARTBA’s July 25-27 “TransOvation Workshop,” held at the Lansdowne Resort & Conference Center in Leesburg, Va. To help in your writing, view an example of a project overview. Please send your write up and photo to TB Editor, Jenny Ragone by May 4. Thanks for your participation with this project. We look forward to sharing your innovation stories with TB readers!
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Overheard “Another grand bargain we need is on infrastructure. We have more than a $2 trillion deficit in bridges, roads, airports, ports and bandwidth, and the government doesn’t have the money to make it up. We need a bargain that enables the government to both enlist and partner with the private sector to unleash private investments in infrastructure that will serve the public and offer investors appropriate returns.” NY Times Columnist Thomas Friedman in a March 13 op-ed.
“Against heavy odds, Congress may yet produce a decent national transportation bill that would make needed investments in roads, bridges and mass transit without undermining environmental protections or providing handouts to big polluters.” March 14 New York Times editorial in support of the Senate passing highway and transit bill.
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outside of a twisting skyscraper. He’ll share these experiences and their applicability to transportation improvement projects. Learn more about registration, exhibit and sponsorship opportunities: www.transovation.org.
ARTBA tells EPA “We Told You So” on Clean Air Regs
Workshop & Exhibit, held in Leesburg, Va. The second annual TransOvation is bringing together the brightest minds in transportation development and business for a professional development hour-granting event that helps industry professionals build innovative thinking into their professional skill set in order to tap new markets and increase efficiency, productivity and profit for their employers. Forster travels the world with a camera crew in search of incredible feats—a recordsetting skyscraper, a citysaving levee, or state-of-the-art football stadium. At every site, he not only pinpoints the ingenious solution at the heart of each structure, but he also makes challenging architectural and engineering concepts clear and compelling. And he often does so by literally going behind the scenes, two miles under a seismic zone in a Peruvian tunnel, landing in a chopper on the back of a top-secret Naval vessel, or 1,600 feet in the air installing glass on the
ARTBA chided the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) March 15 that listening to earlier industry recommendations on reforming the Clean Air Act (CAA) would have saved them from their current challenges implementing CAA regulations. ARTBA’s comments come as EPA proposes revoking a deadline for 1997 CAA standards in order to be able to successfully implement newer standards passed in 2008. While agreeing with the EPA’s efforts to avoid conflicting regulatory deadlines, ARTBA noted that conflicting deadlines would not have arisen if
EPA had followed ARTBA’s suggestion of waiting until current standards are achieved before “moving the goalposts” and setting new ones. ARTBA’s comments can be viewed in the “regulatory advocacy” section of www.artba.org.
ARTBA Contractors Attend FHWA Peer Exchange Two ARTBA contractors helped represent the industry March 6-7 at a peer exchange held by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Warwick, R.I. Pete Getchell of PKF-Mark III and Scott Leach of Lane Construction joined federal and state DOT officials from 12 northeastern jurisdictions for the first of five regional events as part of FHWA’s Construction Peer Network. Getchell, who serves as 2nd vice president of ARTBA’s Contractors Division, also moderated a session on contractor innovation. If you would like to serve as an ARTBA contractor representative at a future FHWA peer exchange in your region, contact Rich Juliano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A service of ARTBA’s multimodal councils, it features current transportation developments making news across all modes and regions. Contact: Caitrin Reed to become a subscriber.
TRB Newsletter: March 13 Highlighting new research, technologies, industry best practices and information resources available to the transportation design and construction industry.
Legislative & Regulatory News
Join the Rally for Roads March 20
Transit Use Jumps in 2011
ARTBA is once again proud to co-sponsor a “Rally for Roads” to draw attention to the economic importance of the transportation design and construction industry and to urge lawmakers to pass a robust multi-year reauthorization of the federal surface transportation programs. This year’s event is themed “Make Transportation Job #1” and will take place on the morning of March 20 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. For more information and to sign up, please visit www.rallyforroads. com.
The Washington Post reports that in 2011 nationwide transit ridership reached one of its highest points since 1957. The data, compiled by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), showed a 2.3 percent increase in bus and train passengers and a 3.3 percent increase in subway riders. According to APTA officials quoted in the story, the trend is expected to continue as gas prices rise, the economy bounces back, and more people head back to work. One exception was Atlanta’s transit system, which experienced a loss of riders in 2011 after several years of cutting service and raising fares. Their subway saw a 3.5 percent drop in ridership compared with 2010.
Economy Forcing Counties to Defer Improvements A National Association of Counties survey finds 81 percent of county engineers have deferred maintenance of surface transportation infrastructure since the beginning of the economic slowdown. Nearly the same percentage said their local budgets have been cut and 61 percent said they have faced reductions in federal appropriations. An overwhelming 90 percent of county engineers said a multiyear reauthorization of the federal surface transportation programs would help them improve the condition of roads and bridges in their county.
Court Orders Project Cancellation over Labor Requirements The New York Supreme Court has ordered the state department of transportation to halt operations on a highway improvement project because the agency added a project labor agreement to the contract documents days before the deadline. A losing bidder on the project filed a claim because they submitted a bid, not utilizing union labor, before the requirement was inserted just 11 days before the bid deadline. That firm says to continue competing for the bid after that point would require firing their entire non-union workforce and hiring union workers. The case alleges no wrongdoing on behalf of the winning joint venture, but orders the department to rebid the job. Sources close to the case expect further legal action is likely.
National Transportation Workforce Summit L’Enfant Plaza Hotel Washington, D.C. April 24-26 Learn about workforce challenges and help shape policy and national strategies for developing the transportation workforce of the future. The discounted room rate is valid through April 2. Make room reservations online with discount code: ART412. Contact ARTBA’s Holly Bolton with any questions.
Register: www.cutcworkforce.com UPCOMING ARTBA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP & AWARD DEADLINES Submit your nominations soon for: • Globe: Honoring U.S. transportation construction industry excellence in environmental protection and mitigation. Deadline: March 23. • The Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program: Providing post-high school financial assistance to help the sons, daughters or legally adopted children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job. Deadline: March 23. • Hall of Fame: Honoring individuals or families from the public and private sectors who have made extraordinary contributions to U.S. transportation development over their lifetime and demonstrated exceptional leadership. Deadline: April 27. Contact ARTBA’s Holly Bolton with any questions.
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Upcoming ARTBA Webinars ARTBA webinars are now capable of live mobile streaming on iPads, iPhones, iPods and BlackBerrys and Androids.
Quarterly Transportation Construction Market Report & Legislative Update Live Webinar Wednesday, March 28 1-2 p.m., Eastern Time • • • • •
Has the market outlook for 2012 changed in the first quarter? What is the latest on the reauthorization of the federal surface transportation bill and what does it mean for the market during the remainder of 2012? What states are off to a strong start and which aren’t? What are contractors expecting for the next year? Are state and local governments beginning to show signs of sustainable economic recovery?
American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Chief Economist & Vice President of Policy Alison Premo Black and ARTBA Senior Vice President of Government Relations Dave Bauer will answer these questions and more during a webinar on March 28 from 1-2:00 p.m., Eastern. The comprehensive session will provide insights on the latest economic data nationally and regionally, and explain the potential market impacts of further delays in congressional passage of a multi-year highway and transit investment bill. Register: $150 ARTBA members. $195 non-members.
Moving to a New Road User Fee System Live Webinar Wednesday, March 21 11 a.m. -12 p.m., Eastern Time Many transportation professionals envision vehicle miles traveled (VMT) fees or mileage-based user fees as the funding mechanism of the future. Yet the concept still faces public and political challenges. In this third installment of the ARTBA Women Leaders in Transportation Design and Construction Council webinar series, 25-year industry veteran Ginger Goodin of the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) will provide: • • • •
Rationale for a road user fee system based on mileage; Research and testing activities underway across the country; Implementation challenges; and A model for testing a mileage fee system at the state level.
Register: FREE for ARTBA members and the news media $50 non-members. Participants of each webinar will have time to ask questions, and will receive a copy of the PowerPoint presentation. More information: Contact Holly Bolton at email@example.com, or 202-289-4434, ext. 304. Download a PDF copy of the digital “Washington Newsline.” 6
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A Multi-Media Flagger Training Experience
With this new video refresher produced by ARTBA’s expert safety team, you will:
1 Master the correct signaling procedures. 2 Know what to wear. 3 Learn why traffic signs and control devices are important to your safety. 4 Understand how to protect yourself from traffic. 5 Acquire “best practice” flagging skills to ensure compliance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
6 Become a better and more commanding flagger. Available in Spanish and English. Order at www.artbastore.com or contact ARTBA’s Peter Embrey: firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.289.4434
$150 members 7 ARTBA Washington Newsline $180 non-members