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Benefits of Transportation - Reauthorization 2020

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As you may be aware, the current federal surface transportation bill—Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (or FAST) Act—expires at the end of September 2020. To ensure the safe and reliable transportation infrastructure for all, it is imperative that Congress pass a long-term transportation bill before the current one ends. Without a long-term bill, state departments of transportation are left working on short-term extensions, which cause delays to critical projects and unnecessary disruptions to the traveling public. One way to show how important transportation is to our quality of life and our economy is to highlight very real benefits to people and businesses. AASHTO staff is collecting these stories to use in a public awareness effort that will launch at AASHTO’s Washington Briefing in February. We want to share with Congress brief stories of how transportation, with reliable, long-term funding, keeps people and goods moving in a safe and efficient manner.

To do this, we need examples of projects and programs from your state that have demonstrated economic and quality of life benefits of transportation (such as job growth, reliability, reduced congestion, accessibility, safety, community health, habitat and ecosystem conservation, etc.). We are looking for stories that show just how personal transportation is (and can be articulated in less than 300 words). AASHTO is developing a web site that will feature stories from each state, along with supporting video and printed collateral. To launch this effort by the Washington Briefing, please submit your stories by December 2, 2019.

We know better than anyone that transportation is vital for the economic vitality and quality of life for all. Let’s show Congress exactly why we can’t afford to go without a long-term surface transportation funding bill.