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MAY 9, 2011

Mica Blasts Stimulus Law The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee May 4 heard from a panel of federal auditors about the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) transportation investments. As of the end of March, about 95 percent of the transportation resources had been committed with more than

30% Transportation Cut on Table, Your Leadership Needed in Washington

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ARTBA Launches Women Leaders Awards Program ARTBA is launching a new program to honor “extraordinary efforts of individuals, companies and public agencies that have demonstrated leadership and dedication to innovation in the transportation construction field as well as the promotion of women leaders within the industry.” Continued on page 2

Your livelihood is at stake! A budget proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives for fiscal year 2012 is calling for a 30 percent cut in overall transportation investment levels. Come to the Nation’s Capital and do something about it. Register today for the May 23-25 ARTBA Federal Issues Program and Transportation Construction Coalition Washington Fly-In.

You will have the opportunity to meet with your members of Congress and explain in personal terms the impacts of federal transportation investment on job creation and economic growth, and press them to complete action this year on a long-term highway/ transit reauthorization bill. The May 23-24 FIP features legislative and regulatory briefings and ARTBA committee meetings so you can talk

face-to-face with top federal agency officials. A panel of congressional staff will also share their views on the transportation bill and other infrastructure issues. The TCC Fly-In begins the afternoon of May 24 and runs all day May 25. Transportation lawmakers from the House and Senate will address attendees. Program of events is available at: www.artbafederalissues.org.

Exhibitor Opportunities Available for June 5-8 International Bridge Conference! Contact Jim Colleton. ARTBA Washington Newsline


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The 2011 Women Leaders in Transportation Design & Construction Awards have three categories. Nominations, available at www.artba.org/womenleaders, must be received by close of business July 29. Winners will be recognized at a gala dinner on September 7 during ARTBA’s “TransOvation 2011 Workshop,” held near Dulles Airport in Virginia. The awards program is a signature initiative of the association’s Women Leaders in Transportation Design & Construction Council, which promotes “leadership and career advancement for women in the industry through mentoring, recognition, educational activities and networking.” Contact Allison Wenograd with questions.

ON-DEMAND WEBINARS ARTBA offers an expansive catalog of on-demand webinars for your training and educational needs. Two highly rated webinars are below. To order, visit our on-demand library. P3 PROJECTS & CONTRACTORS Presented by: Mark Berry, Peckar & Abramson

OSHA REGULATORY UPDATE & REVIEW Presented by: Ogletree Deakins

Developed specifically for contractors, it provides an in depth look into the world of public-private partnerships (P3s). Mark Berry, a top attorney, takes you from the beginning to the end of a P3 project and lets you know how to prepare, and what to expect when entering this arena. It includes discussion on risk management, models for P3’s, and the roles that contractors play in different types of P3 projects.

Four partners from one of America’s leading labor and employment law firms, Ogletree Deakins, provide you the latest information on OSHA and related regulations. They discuss a variety of important developments including: • What is going on in DC? • OSHA’s rulemaking agenda • Enforcement Crackdown *ARTBA is not liable for any information provided by instructors or attorneys during the forum. This forum is intended for general informational purposes only, and not as a substitute for particular advice from a qualified professional. No warranty is made regarding the forum.

Upcoming Events Visit our Events Page for more information. ARTBA Federal Issues Program & TCC Fly-In May 23–25 Washington, D.C. [Add to Calendar]

ARTBA Young Executive Development Program May 23–26 Washington, D.C. [Add to Calendar]

International Bridge Conference June 5–8 Pittsburgh, Pa. [Add to Calendar]

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TransOvation 2011 Workshop

September 7–9 Near Dulles Airport, Va. [Add to Calendar]

Transportation Development Hall of Fame Gala Dinner at TransOvation 2011 September 7 Near Dulles Airport, Va. [Add to Calendar]

ARTBA National Convention October 2–5 Monterey, Calif. [Add to Calendar]

ARTBA Public-Private Partnerships Conference November 15–16 Washington, D.C. [Add to Calendar]

ARTBA REGIONAL MEETINGS Northeastern

November 28–29 New York, N.Y. [Add to Calendar]

Southern

November 30–December 1 Tampa, Fla. [Add to Calendar]

Western

December 5–6 Los Angeles, Calif. [Add to Calendar]

Central

December 7–8 Chicago, Ill. [Add to Calendar]


ARTBA Ports & Waterways Council Taps Experienced Execs as Co-Chairs ARTBA Chairman Bill Cox appointed William Spielvogel, chief operating officer at Jay Cashman, Inc. and Pierce Homer, transportation director at Moffatt & Nichol, to serve as co-chairs for the ARTBA Ports and Waterways Council (PWC). Spielvogel has over William Spielvogel 25 years of construction

experience. He has a degree in civil engineering and is also a registered professional engineer. At Jay Cashman, Inc., he’s responsible for the company’s field operations, including its substantial marine construction practice. Homer has experience managing capital Pierce Homer projects, infrastructure

investment programs, and P3’s over his 25-year career. He also has the distinction as the longest-serving Virginia Secretary of Transportation, among other things, leading the state’s multi-modal program and Port Authority. ARTBA’s PWC is crafting policy reflecting the current issues and challenges confronting ARTBA members in the port and waterway sector. To get involved, contact PWC managing director, Kenyon Gleason.

Products & Services On the Job Site This Summer Employee Handbooks in English or Spanish for Construction This concise and compact, informative 25 topic handbook is a quick reference for construction industry standards. Contact Liz Cavallaro for more information. To learn more about other products and services available, visit the ARTBA Store today!

Photography © 2009-2011 Jamey Stillings, All Rights Reserved. “The Bridge at Hoover Dam.” For more information, see: www.bridgeathooverdam.com.

MAY-JUNE 2011 “TRANSPORTATION BUILDER” ANNUAL BRIDGE ISSUE Advertising Opportunities Now Available! This special magazine is dedicated exclusively to examining bridge design and construction issues and trends. Editorial from top bridge sector leaders will focus on: preservation, project spotlights, and the role of P3s. Bridge sector leaders will be profiled. It will also feature a comprehensive pictorial on the new Hoover Dam Bridge, along with photos of other landmark American bridges. The issue is an excellent opportunity to promote your firm’s bridge-related products and services. Bonus distribution at the June 5-8 International Bridge Conference in Pittsburgh. Contact ARTBA’s Pete Embrey or Liz Cavallaro at 202-289-4434 for ad rates. Materials Deadline: Wednesday, May 18.

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Overheard “The stimulus turned out to be an expensive, nearly trillion-dollar lesson. While funding for infrastructure, appropriately invested, can effectively create jobs, this failed stimulus will go down in history as one of the government’s greatest failures.” Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, at a congressional hearing on the status of the stimulus.

“Both the House and the Senate have passed FAA reauthorization bills. However, the funding levels in the House bill are well below what President Barack Obama proposed in his budget. Funding at these levels would degrade the safe and efficient movement of air traffic today and in the future.” Joint Op-Ed by U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

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Legislative & Regulatory News

Survey Finds Support for Gas Tax Increases

Mica Blasts Stimulus Law

A Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University study released May 5 found 62 percent of respondents supported a 10cent per gallon federal gas tax increase specifically dedicated to improving road maintenance. Backing for a 10-cent increase dropped to below 50 percent when revenues were dedicated to transportation projects to reduce local air pollution and global warming. The study also evaluated other infrastructure revenue generating alternatives: 45 percent or respondents approved of a 0.5 cent sales tax increase; a mileage tax adjusted by vehicle pollution levels received 36 percent; and a flat

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15,000 projects completed or under construction. However, Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) still remained frustrated saying: “The stimulus turned out to be an expensive, nearly trillion-dollar lesson. While funding for infrastructure, appropriately invested, can effectively create jobs, this failed stimulus will go down in history as one of the government’s greatest failures.” The Government Accountability Office (GAO) testified at the hearing that, after studying the status, use and outcomes of the ARRA legislation, stimulus funds created and continue to maintain jobs through transportation investments. GAO pointed out some areas where DOT could have improved their oversight, including better documentation of the selection process for High Speed Rail and TIGER grant projects.

Mayors Call for Reauthorization, More Urban Focus More than 60 percent of cities had major projects either delayed or canceled because of uncertainty in federal funding, according to a May 3 survey of the nation’s mayors. The survey also found urban leaders would support a federal motor fuels tax increase, if the funds went directly to metropolitan area transportation concerns— particularly transit, pedestrian and bike path projects. Highway expansion ranked as a low priority for the mayors polled.

mileage tax of 1 cent per mile was supported by 22 percent. Interestingly, a generic gas tax increase of 10 cents per gallon without specific goals received only 24 percent backing. This data suggests that respondents were willing to invest so long as there are clear and identifiable infrastructure benefits. The Mineta findings contrast with a February 2011 survey from the Rockefeller Foundation where 71 percent of respondents said “it would be unacceptable to increase the federal gas tax.” The disparity amongst these survey results, and others, reinforces the varying degrees of public understanding on transportation finance and the importance of how opinion surveys are crafted.

Fostering Innovation TRB Newsletter: May 3, 2011

ARTBA is pleased to make available another service for members that highlights new research, technologies, industry best practices and information resources available to the transportation design and construction industry. This material comes from the Transportation Research Board. Read the most recent newsletter.

Save the Date for TransOvation!

Mark your calendar for ARTBA’s industry-first TransOvation workshop September 7-9 at the Landsdowne Conference Center near Dulles, Va. This event will be led by noted industry innovators John Hillman of Teng & Associates, winner of the Engineering News Record “Award of Excellence” and Ted Zoli of HNTB, a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Prize” winner. They will be joined by 3M executive Jerry Karel in a workshop and education program designed to arm young industry leaders with the skills and processes they need to innovate our industry to success. Visit the website for more information.


North American Surface Trade Rose in February Trade using surface transportation with Canada and Mexico totaled $66.5 billion in February—an 11.8 percent increase above February 2010, according to the U.S. DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). The BTS statistics include freight movements by truck, rail, pipeline, and mail. Surface transportation shipments represented 86.4 percent of all U.S. trade in February. These data show the direct linkage between a growing economy and its effect on transportation infrastructure networks.

UPCOMING ARTBA BRIDGE-RELATED MEETINGS ARTBA’s Bridge Policy & Promotion Council is hosting several info-packed sessions covering key policy updates and bridge industry opportunities. There will also be ample time for networking with your peers. Make your plans now to attend! Bridge Preservation Action Team Tuesday, May 24, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. 2011 ARTBA Federal Issues Program Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington D.C. Register: www.artbafederalissues.org Bridge Policy and Promotion Council Monday, June 6, 3 – 5 p.m. (reception to follow) 2011 International Bridge Conference David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. Register: www.ibcregpage.com

National Bridge Industry Workshop Tuesday, June 7, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 2011 International Bridge Conference David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. Register: www.ibcregpage.com Bridge Policy and Promotion Council October 2 – 5 2011 ARTBA National Convention Monterey Plaza Hotel, Monterey, Calif. Registration information will be available soon.

Visit www.artbabridgecouncil.org or contact Allison Wenograd with questions.

Economic News

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Highway & Bridge Contractor Employment Rose In March

3M Ranks Third on Corporate Reputation Survey

Transportation from the Eyes of Tomorrow’s Leaders

ARTBA member 3M ranked third overall in the 2011 Harris Interactive U.S. Reputation Quotient® (RQ®) Survey, which measures the reputations of the 60 Most Visible Companies in the U.S. Google was #1 followed by Johnson & Johnson. RQ research evaluates stakeholder perceptions across 20 attributes that are grouped into six dimensions of reputation: products and services; financial performance; workplace environment; social responsibility; vision & leadership and emotional appeal. 3M also ranked second overall in the “products and services” category and fifth in “workplace environment.”

ARTBA’s Research and Education Division has launched a national student-produced video contest to document and demonstrate, from a young person’s perspective, views on transportation infrastructure, finance, operations and longterm needs. Two winners will be selected from a nationwide pool of submissions—with the top videos shown at ARTBA’s National Convention in Monterey, Calif. Winners will also receive a new iPad and be announced to national and trade media outlets. For more information, contact Dan Hadley or visit the website.

Employment by highway and bridge contractors in March 2011 rose 2.5 percent over a year ago, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is a positive sign for the highway and bridge construction industry, which has been deeply impacted by the economic downturn. The nation’s overall unemployment rate edged up to nine percent in April, but the economy added more jobs than expected. Total construction employment was about unchanged in April, and the unemployment rate in that sector remains high at 17.8 percent.

Foundation News

Nominations Sought for 2011 ARTBA Hall of Fame Class Nominate an individual or a family from the public and private sectors who has made extraordinary contributions to U.S. transportation development or demonstrated exceptional leadership over their lifetime to the ARTBA Foundation’s Hall of Fame. A new website—www. artbahalloffame.org—contains the 2011 nomination form and details about the inaugural class announced last November. Nominations are due by June 1. The 2010 and 2011 classes will be honored at a September 7 dinner during the association’s “TransOvation” workshop near Dulles Airport in Virginia.

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