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Industry coalition asks Trump for long-term Highway Trust Fund fix

Industry coalition asks Trump for long-term Highway Trust Fund fix

Progressive Railroading
2/7/2017

A coalition of transportation, construction and labor organizations has asked President Donald Trump to shore up the Highway Trust Fund with a long term, dedicated user-based revenue source as part of the administration's infrastructure investment plan.

In a Feb. 1 letter to Trump, the coalition agreed with the president's position that the nation's infrastructure is insufficient to support American competitiveness. Any "responsible proposal" should call for improvements to all types of infrastructure that help businesses reduce shipping, commuting, water and energy costs, the letter stated

Organizations that signed the letter included the American Public Transportation Association, American Association of Port Authorities, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), American Council of Engineering Companies, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO.

At the same time, the administration and Congress must restore the Highway Trust Fund's solvency in order to adequately invest in federal highway and surface transportation programs that support the nation's infrastructure systems, the coalition said in the letter. The fund's long-run solvency has not been resolved by recent laws — such as the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act — that authorized those programs... FULL ARTICLE

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