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Senate Panel Approves Corps Increases The Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee April 24 approved $5 billion for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for FY 2013 to carry out its mission, including waterway infrastructure development. Of the $5 billion: $2.4 billion would go to operations and maintenance of Corps facilities that include locks, dams, and
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The House and Senate is on equal footing—a majority In conjunction with Marsh negotiators for the surface of each body’s conferees must USA, Inc., the industry-leading transportation bill will meet approve the final conference construction insurance and May 8 in a public hearing product to bring the measure captive broker, ARTBA is where members are expected back to each full chamber for a introducing a Heavy Highway to make opening statements vote. Insurance Program offering on the legislation. Last week, ARTBA will continue best-in-class safety and risk congressional leaders appointed advocating for final legislation financing alternatives for the members that comprise the that provides, at a minimum, qualified heavy-highway “conference committee” (see the investment levels approved contractors. chart on page 2). by the Senate. This proposal In addition to leading-edge It should be noted that while would cancel the $2 billion safety expertise and Receive resources, the latest news about grassroots, legislative and policy developments— www.twitter.com/artba and to mobilize ARTBA’s agenda. thereofare more House than highway investment cut enacted participants will have access to in support Senate conferees, each chamber in the FY 2012 appropriations a newly formed homogeneous
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Surface Transportation Bill Conference Committee Appointees House Don Young (R-Alaska)
Rick Crawford (R-Ark.)
Henry Waxman (D-Calif.)
Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.)
Corrine Brown (D-Fla.)
John Mica (R-Fla.)
Steve Southerland (R-Fla.)
Jerry Costello (D-Ill.)
Larry Buchson (R-Ind.)
Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa)
Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.)
Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)
Ed Markey (D-Mass.)
Dave Camp (R-Mich.)
Fred Upton (R-Mich.)
Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.)
Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.)
Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.)
Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.)
Patrick Tiberi (R-Ohio)
James Lankford (R-Okla.)
Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.)
Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.)
Bill Shuster (R-Pa.)
John Duncan (R-Tenn.)
Ralph Hall (R-Texas)
Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas)
Rob Bishop (R-Utah)
Doc Hastings (R-Wash.)
Jaime Herrera-Beutler (R-Wash.)
Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)
Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.)
Reid Ribble (R-Wis.)
Senate Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)
Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)*
Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)
Richard Durbin (D-Ill.)
David Vitter (R-La.)
Max Baucus (D-Mont.)
John Hoeven (R-N.D.)
Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)
Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)
James Inhofe (R-Okla.)
Tim Johnson (D-S.D.)
Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas)
Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.)
* Conference Chair
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in this competitive business environment. Through effective risk management and safety practices, we believe this solution may provide our members with the ability to turn their insurance program from a cost to an opportunity for profit.” A program-related website will be launching soon. To learn more about this new solution, contact ARTBA’s Rich Juliano at 202-289-4434.
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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. 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). 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 “On the Highway Bill, House Speaker John Boehner has taken the House to conference with the Senate on the Highway Bill. We’re not sure what the final result will be just yet, but we have little doubt that it will be another bloated, big spending proposal. Republicans should advocate devolving highway funding back to the states, rather than conducting ‘business as usual’ with the Democrats.” Chris Chocola, president, Club for Growth, April 20. Mr. Chocola voted for the last highway/transit bill, SAFETEALU, in 2005 as a Republican congressman from Indiana.
“I think it’s going to be a real conference. I know Barbara Boxer, and she doesn’t take a lot of orders from Harry Reid... Speaker Boehner failed to move his own version of the bill, so he doesn’t come there with a lot of marbles. We’re going to negotiate from the Senate bill.” Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), April 25, in discussing the highway/transit bill conference committee. 4
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navigation channels; and $1.7 billion for water infrastructure construction that include navigation improvements. The appropriations bill remains roughly constant with FY 2012 investment levels. As always, will keep you apprised of developments in the House transportation appropriations process.
$20 Million Available for Clean Diesel Projects The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced April 23 the availability of up to $20 million in FY 2012 grants to establish clean diesel projects to upgrade existing diesel engines. In addition to these grants, approximately $9 million will be available through direct state allocations. This is the first competition since the ARTBAsupported reauthorization of the Diesel Emission Reduction Program. The program, which targets older diesel engines that predate current emissions standards. States, tribes, local governments, and non-profits are eligible to apply for these grants. Projects can reduce air pollution from older school buses, transit buses, heavy-duty diesel trucks, marine engines, locomotives, and other diesel engines. The closing date for proposals is June 4, 2012. More information is available.
ARTBA Urges EPA To Review Science On Asbestos ARTBA, with nine other industry associations, April 24 critiqued EPA’s recent draft risk assessment for asbestos. The groups pointed out specific flaws in EPA’s methodologies and called for further study as some of the materials in question are nonharmful minerals essential to the production of concrete and asphalt. These specific materials have never been shown to demonstrate any asbestos-like health effects, yet are being mistakenly swept into EPA’s attempts at regulating asbestos. Without distinguishing between harmful and non-harmful asbestos, transportation improvements could be subject to frivolous litigation, even leading to an unwarranted classification for existing roads as “contaminated” with asbestos. The coalition letter can be found on the “Regulatory” section of www.artba.org.
Economic News Airline Traffic Up in January The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported April 24 that U.S. airlines carried 54.3 million domestic and international passengers in January, a system wide increase of 1.1 percent in passengers from the same month a year before and 3.3 percent above January 2010. These figures underscore the continuing economic recovery and importance of increasing investments in airport infrastructure. View more airport and airline data.
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CUTC Hosts National Workforce Summit Nearly 300 transportation, labor and education leaders gathered together in the Nation’s Capital April 24-26 for the annual Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) “National Transportation Workforce Summit.” The three-day interactive program, which was filled with spirited and energetic discussions during general and smaller breakout sessions, aimed to address key workforce challenges such as recruiting and retaining qualified personnel, filling current and future workforce shortages, and improving workforce training and education. More than 25 universities, private sector groups and the Federal Highway Administration supported the event. ARTBA President Pete Ruane, along with fellow industry representatives, emphasized the importance of communicating “what’s cool about working in transportation” in order to attract young people. Ruane also noted “there are no jobs if there are no programs,” and challenged attendees to talk with their elected representatives, saying the “first order of business is to get basic funding for all of the transportation programs” so that there are resources to create jobs. In the coming months, CUTC will synthesize all of the information collected during the summit and prepare a strategic framework and next
Watch video of ARTBA President Pete Ruane speaking at the CUTC Workforce Summit.
steps for addressing the industry’s workforce issues. Under a management contract with CUTC, ARTBA managed all of the program logistics and marketing. CUTC members are also members and leaders of ARTBA’s Research & Education Division.
Work Zone Clearinghouse to Host First-of-its-Kind Virtual Conference
The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse is using cutting-edge technology to power an interactive learning and networking experience for public officials, contractors and other transportation industry professionals. Scheduled for September 18-20 at your desktop, the Clearinghouse will host the comprehensive “Best Practices in Work Zone Safety” educational component of the “Local Transportation Asset Management Virtual Conference & Innovation Showcase,” or LōTrans™ 2012. Leading industry firms will also be displaying their products and services through virtual exhibit booths. Here’s the real bonus. Participating in this virtual event will cost nothing. No registration fees. No travel authorizations needed. No airfare, train, hotel or meal expenses. No nights away from home. All you need is your desktop or laptop computer and an Internet connection.
Road Gang Chair Connie Yew presents the 2012 P.D. McLean Memorial Award to ARTBA President Pete Ruane during an April 26 lunch. The award is given annually “for a distinct contribution to the cause of better highway transportation in the public interest.”
Learn more: www.workzonesafety.org. Contact ARTBA’s Lisa McCluskey with any questions.
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