AASHTO’s Wright: States Need More Federal Help Maintaining, Improving Transportation

Via AASHTO Journal

Bud Wright, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, says Congress can "build muscle for the American economy" by bolstering the Highway Trust Fund so states can whittle down the infrastructure backlog.

Wright, in an opinion article carried by the trucking industry weekly newspaper Transport Topics, said that is a big lesson of the recent "Bottom Line Report" on infrastructure needs by AASHTO and the American Public Transportation Association.

He said the report "makes a strong case that just shoring up the Highway Trust Fund to maintain current levels will not make much of a dent in congestion that saps economic vitality. It shows that a flat-level federal program will not keep pace with increased vehicle miles traveled on highways or with demands for public transportation services, much less close the investment gap that already exists."

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