Daily News Briefs, September 14, 2020

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Eighty-Eight Organizations Urge Swift Action On Federal Transportation Funding

Transport Topics reports, many organizations — including AASHTO, ARTBA, IBTTA, ASCE, trades unions, and contractor and manufacturer associations — signed onto last week’s letter asking Congress to adopt a “turn-key,” one-year extension of the current FAST Act, appropriate enough money to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent for the duration of the extension, and provide emergency relief funding to state and local transportation agencies. The article notes, “Key transportation policymakers, scrambling to avoid interruptions to freight and commuter systems, as well as avert a government shutdown, are endorsing the possibility of a yearlong extension.”

ARTBA Washington Newsline, in its report on the letter, notes, “The House returns [today], setting up a busy few weeks on Capitol Hill. In addition to the FAST Act expiration, Congress and the president also must enact spending levels to avoid a government shutdown before 12 annual appropriations laws lapse Sept. 30.”

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) American Road & Transportation Builders Assoc. (ARTBA) American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) IBTTA US Gov't Transportation Funding US Highway Trust Fund

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United For Infrastructure (Formerly "Infrastructure Week") Kicks Off Today

Business Insider reports, “Infrastructure Week,” rechristened United for Infrastructure 2020, begins today and continues through next Monday, September 21. The sponsoring organization, United for Infrastructure, is once again programming a wide variety of information sessions, tours, open houses and other events, all of which will be conducted in virtual format to reduce the spread of COVID-19. View the week’s agenda and event registration requirements here.

Highway and Bridge Maintenance Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Infrastructure Investment Trends Transportation Infrastructure Research & Development United for Infrastructure

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