Surface Transportation Needs Focus of Senate Hearing
On November 28, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee held a hearing on the topic of “Addressing America’s Surface Transportation Needs”. Though transportation infrastructure and the insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) have long been part of public policy debate, a solution has remained elusive. With the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, public law 114-94, set to expire in September 2020, EPW Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY), Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE), and other participating EPW committee members, were eager to hear from witnesses about their ideas for fixing the HTF and other topics related to the country’s surface transportation infrastructure.
The three witnesses who testified before the EPW Committee represented the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Associated General Contractors of America, and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. Following testimony, much of the questioning was focused on increasing and indexing the federal fuel tax to stabilize the HTF, funding formulas for rural vs. urban areas, ensuring transit funding is protected, and bureaucratic burdens and how to alleviate those pressures and minimize their impact on project costs.
The hearing is archived on the EPW site and may be viewed HERE