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Transportation coalition presents inaugural award to Sec. Gary Ridley

Transportation coalition presents inaugural award to Sec. Gary Ridley

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, March 16, 2011 – Transportation Revenues Used Strictly For Transportation (TRUST), an advocacy group dedicated to funding and restoring Oklahoma’s infrastructure, presented its inaugural Guardian of Transportation award to state Secretary of Transportation and Oklahoma Department of Transportation Director Gary Ridley during its annual Transportation Innovation Banquet held Tuesday evening in Oklahoma City. TRUST president Neal McCaleb, who served as Secretary of Transportation and ODOT director during the administration of former Governor Frank Keating, said TRUST plans to present the award annually to an individual that exemplifies excellence in all areas of the transportation industry.

“It is fitting that our first Guardian of Transportation award recipient is Secretary Ridley,” McCaleb said. “Secretary Ridley is an outstanding public servant and has been a tireless advocate for improving Oklahoma’s transportation infrastructure system, many times with far less resources than needed. Oklahoma is very lucky to have him leading ODOT and serving in Governor Fallin’s cabinet as Secretary of Transportation. There is nobody more deserving of this award.”

Over 225 TRUST members, legislators, elected officials and transportation advocates attended the banquet which featured a keynote address from former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. Rendell, one of America’s foremost transportation advocates, is co-chairman, with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, of Building America’s Future, a bipartisan coalition of elected officials dedicated to bringing about a new era of U.S. investment in infrastructure that enhances our nation’s prosperity and quality of life. Rendell spoke frankly, and often bluntly, about the extreme disrepair of America’s infrastructure system, from highways, roads and bridges to rail lines to ports of entry.

During the banquet TRUST officials also praised members of the state House of Representatives for passage of HB 1514, authored by Rep. Guy Liebmann (R-Oklahoma City) and Sen. Bryce Marlatt (R-Woodward), earlier this week. HB 1514 raises the cap on road funds from $400 million to $500 million. The cap has no immediate fiscal impact but does allow ODOT to expand project planning within its multi-year construction work plan. The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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TRUST is an advocacy group dedicated to restoring Oklahoma’s transportation infrastructure. We are committed to creating a culture within Oklahoma government that values and adequately funds transportation as a top priority. Since 2005 TRUST has grown into a diverse coalition of more than 120 statewide organizations representing banking, energy, agri-business, construction, chambers of commerce, public safety, transportation and concerned citizens. To learn more visit www.RestoreTRUST.org

Contact: John Cox, TRUST communications director, 405.255.8117, jdcox@cox.net

 

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1. Jimsheri wrote:
That's awesome.I waethcd a bit of it a few months ago, but neglected to come back for the rest. You all rock, and I love the filming of all those vehicles who just can't stay in the lines or near the speed limit!!

Thu, April 5, 2012 @ 6:11 PM

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