American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
has asked U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Chairman Don Young, R-AK, to proceed with urgency to reauthorize
highway and transit programs.
George Bush last week signed legislation extending federal
highway and transit programs until Feb. 29, 2004. However, the continuing
resolution, which he also signed, limits state transportation agencies
to only one month’s funding at the FY 2003 level.
is among those lawmakers who want funding over a six-year period.
are concerned that with the enactment of the one-month continuing
appropriations resolution, the administration has determined that
only one month’s worth of funding will be made available for the
highway, highway safety, motor carrier and transit programs. This
month-to-month approach to funding will make it very difficult to
approve planning, design or construction activities on any new projects,”
AASHTO President John Njord said in a letter to Young.
said AASHTO surveys of the state transportation agencies indicated
major capital investment programs required continuity and certainty
to maintain the flow of project planning, development and financing.
this stability, the project pipeline shrinks, engineering and construction
contracts are delayed, equipment purchases are put on hold, and
substantial jobs and dollars are lost,” Njord said.