The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Sets Legislative Action Agenda for 2017
The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) was pushed through Congress in December 2015, but since then, FAST has done little to reduce congestion in the country’s major cities nor significantly improved mobility. For the most part, funding has been the primary issue.
Getting the FAST Act Off the Ground
Joung Lee, the association’s policy director, said: “AASHTO has been engaging in a robust dialogue with both the new presidential administration and the 115th Congress. What we are seeing is a high demand by policymakers for technical assistance on important policy issues – including funding and financing, program structure and project delivery, among many others – to aid in the design of a potentially very significant infrastructure package.”
Innovation and the Environment
- Addressing air and water pollution
- Preserving parklands and wetlands
- Creating a sustainable and resilient transportation system
Public Transportation and Fuel Efficiency
Traditionally a leader with respect to minimizing the environmental impact of highway infrastructure development, AASHTO has always encouraged pollution and emissions awareness with technologies pertaining to fuel consumption: fuel catalysts, recap tire usage, proper component lubrication, etc.
But now, AASHTO is further pushing the environmental issue. AASHTO is planning to engage state departments of transportation in developing purposeful multi-modal transportation networks, including public transportation and non-motorized travel modes.
AASHTO is taking on a new role in Washington. In addition to highway infrastructure development, AASHTO has taken it upon themselves to safeguard what they can of the environment.