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June ARRA Outlays Well Below Last Year Federal Highway Administration data indicate $615 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant funds were paid out during June—less than half the $1.3 billion paid out in June 2010. As of June 30, highway investments made in the ARRA have delivered 8,501 completed transportation infrastructure

The Heat Is On—Help Keep It That Way!

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$527 Million in New TIGER Grants The U.S. Department of Transportation is making $527 million available for a third round of TIGER grants since the program’s inception as part of the ARRA. The competitive awards provide funds for roads, bridges, freight rail, transit buses, streetcars, ports, and bicycle and pedestrian paths. The pre-application deadline is October 3 and final applications must be submitted by October 31. For more information, please visit the U.S. DOT website.

As summer temperatures across the country begin to heat up, so is the buzz around reauthorization of the surface transportation bill in Washington, D.C. The House and Senate transportation committees last week kicked off public relations campaigns in support of their reauthorization goals (for specifics, see last Thursday’s Newsline Plus here).

We still don’t have specifics about either proposal, but we know the House six year plan would provide $230 billion—a roughly 30 percent cut from current investment levels—and the Senate two-year plan would include $109 billion—current investment levels plus inflation. Both bills will reportedly streamline the transportation project approval process,

consolidate existing programs to focus on national priorities and encourage public-private partnerships. There is still a great deal of work left for each chamber, but having both committee chairmen dedicated to enacting a reauthorization this year is a very positive development. As an industry leader, we need you to help keep the Continued on page 2

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The Heat Is On in Washington, D.C.

8th Annual “Through the Lens”: Transportation Design & Construction in Pictures

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heat on your representative and senators to advance their legislation and work towards enactment of multi-year reauthorization bill this year. You Grassroots Action Guide can directly contact all of your elected officials by dialing the ARTBA Grassroots Action Hotline at 1.888.448.2782. You can also download ARTBA’s Mobilize! Grassroots Action Guide, which contains further tools and information to help you stay on top of the issues. Remember, you vote… so they will listen!

The editorial staff of ARTBA’s “Transportation Builder” (TB) magazine is planning its annual special section in the September-October issue featuring outstanding photos of transportation infrastructure projects from across the nation.

MOBILIZE! For The Federal Highway & Transit Bill

Send photographs of your company’s best bridge projects via email to ARTBA’s Jaime Mahoney. Submissions must be received by Friday, August 12. Here are the entry guidelines: •

Maximum of two photos per member company.

Electronic images should be at least 300 DPI and saved in either tif or jpeg format. Do not send ZIP files or images over 10MB.

Be sure to include captions detailing the name of the project and its location, photographer’s name, and submitting company in entries.

TB editorial staff will make final decisions on photos to be included.

Upcoming Events Visit our Events Page for more information. TransOvation Workshop

September 6–9 Near Dulles Airport, Va. [Add to Calendar]

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

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of Maryland’s 31,386 miles of roadway is in need of major repairs or replacement. Visit www.transportationcreatesjobs.org to see how your state compares.

A r e Yo u R e a d y t o b e a n I n n o v a t o r ? September 6-9 | Lansdowne Resort & Conference Center | Leesburg, Va., near Dulles Airport Check out this 30 second clip on TransOvation: a two-and-a-half day workshop designed for young executives in transportation design & construction. • Connect with the Industry’s Brightest Minds • Experience Cutting-Edge Products & Services • Make Transportation Projects More Sustainable

Products & Services Now Available: 2011 ARTBA “Transportation Officials & Engineers Database” The ARTBA TO&E Database is your one-stop guide to key local, state, and federal transportation officials. Offered as an Excel spreadsheet, it includes contact information for more than 6,000 state and local transportation departments and authorities. The database connects you to the people, agencies and programs you need to get ahead and stay ahead. Individual segments of the directory are available by region, state and occupation. Price: $475.00 Contact Peter Embrey for more information. To learn more about other products and services available, visit the ARTBA Store today!

Workshop leaders and instructors:

Ted Zoli, worldrenowned bridge engineer, HNTB One of “Esquire” magazine’s “The Brightest: 16 Geniuses Who Give Us Hope.”

John Hillman, HC Bridge Company

Darcy Winslow, Nike’s Sustainability Innovator

2010 “Engineering News Record” Award of Excellence winner for his development of the Hybrid Composite Beam.

A “business rock star” who unleashed a wave of innovation at the world’s largest athletic apparel company.

Jerry Karel, 3M Helps lead one of the most innovative companies on the planet.

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Overheard “Given U.S. House rules and budget constraints, this proposal maximizes the value of our available infrastructure funding through better leveraging, streamlining the project approval process, attracting private sector investment, and cutting the federal bureaucracy...Most importantly, this six-year proposal provides the stability states need to plan major transportation improvements and create long-term jobs.” Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), in a July 7 press release on the transportation reauthorization proposal. “A great nation has to invest in its people and in its resources and its future... And if we have bridges that fall down, we’re lost.” Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in a July 6 article in “The Hill’s Transportation Report.”

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projects. Another 4,503 transportation projects are under construction and only 381 are yet to begin. Read a full update on the progress of ARRA transportation investments here.

April VMT Lags Behind 2010 Figures Motorists in the U.S. logged 250.5 billion miles in April, 2.4 percent less than in April 2010. Cumulative travel for 2011 is down 0.8 percent from the pace set last year. April’s decline in vehicle miles travelled is the second consecutive monthly decline following 12 consecutive monthly increases.

Obama Discusses Infrastructure During First Ever Presidential Twitter Town Hall President Obama hosted a July 6 “Twitter Town Hall” where he answered questions posed through the social networking site that limits submissions to 140 characters. Among the President’s many responses were the following that emphasize the importance of improving the nation’s transportation and infrastructure networks: “We’ve got to have a top notch infrastructure to support advanced manufacturing.”

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“There’s some areas where the republicans have been more resistant in cooperating… it’s estimated we have about 2 trillion dollars worth of infrastructure that needs to be rebuilt: Roads; bridges; sewer lines; water mains; our air traffic control system doesn’t make sense…” “For us to move forward on a major infrastructure initiative where we’re putting people to work right now, including construction workers who are disproportionately unemployed when the housing bubble went bust…to put them to work, rebuilding America at a time when interest rates are very low, contractors are looking for work and the need is there… that is something that could make a huge positive impact on the economy overall. And its an example of making an investment now that ends up having huge payoffs down the road.”

President Calls for Transportation Investment in Response to Jobs Report President Obama said July 8 the nation should increase investment in transportation infrastructure improvements in response to a report showing the U.S. unemployment rate has increased to 9.2 percent: “There are a few things that we can and should do, right now, to redouble our efforts on behalf of the American people. Let me give you some examples. Right now, there are over a million construction workers out of work after the housing boom went bust, just as a lot of America needs rebuilding. We connect the two by investing in rebuilding our roads and our bridges and our railways and our infrastructure.”

You can follow ARTBA on Twitter for the latest news and updates direct from the Nation’s Capital!

Fostering Innovation TRB Newsletter: July 5, 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.


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Transportation from the Eyes of Tomorrow’s Leaders

Awards Honor Women Leaders ARTBA has launched the “Women Leaders in Transportation Design & Construction Awards” 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. Nominations, available at www.artba.org/womenleaders, must be received by close of business July 29. Winners will be recognized September 7 at a gala dinner during ARTBA’s TransOvation Workshop held near Dulles Airport in Virginia. Contact Allison Wenograd with questions.

ARTBA’s Research and Education Division has launched a national studentproduced 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, California. Students of all ages are encouraged to offer their perspective on transportation issues in the United States. Entrants should create an original two (2) to four (4) minute video. For more information, contact Dan Hadley.

23rd Annual P3s in Transportation Conference November 15 - 16, 2011 • Washington, D.C. Save the Date: America’s Premier P3 Conference! Mayflower® Renaissance Washington, D.C. Hotel www.renaissancemayflower.com 800.228.7697 For more information and sponsorship opportunities, contact ARTBA P3 Division Manager Hank Webster at hwebster@artba.org or 202.289.4434. Download a PDF copy of the digital “Washington Newsline.” ARTBA Washington Newsline

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