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The National Association of State Highway and Transportation Unions (NASHTU) is dedicated to ensuring that federal transportation dollars are spent on cost-effective, safe projects that serve the public interest. NASHTU is comprised of 38 unions and associations representing hundreds of thousands of state and locally employed transportation engineers, construction managers and inspectors, technical workers and related public servants from throughout the United States.

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NASHTU Conference Set for June 24-26, 2019 – Save the Date!  

NASHTU’s 20th Annual Conference will take place June 24-26, 2019 at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington D.C. (415 New Jersey Avenue, NW).

At the 2019 conference, we will share how NASHTU affiliates are adapting to the U.S. Supreme Court Janus decision and discuss successful membership recruitment strategies.  We will also be advocating for NASHTU’s priorities including cost comparison prior to outsourcing and public inspection for federally-funded transportation projects.

Members of Congress, transportation leaders, good government experts, and others will again be invited to share their latest insights.  In addition, the conference will feature informative panels on transportation funding, the status of efforts to reauthorize the FAST Act, labor issues, and other items of interest.

NASHTU has secured a special room rate at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel of $249 per night (single/double occupancy).  The hotel will also honor the special room rate for up to two days prior to and post conference, subject to hotel availability.  To book your room, please go to www.liaisoncapitolhill.com or call 888/513-7445.  NASHTU’s Group ID is JUNE19.

As always, if you have suggestions for speakers, panels, or interesting subjects for the conference, please pass them on.


NASHTU Notes

January 11, 2019

The DeFazio Era and the Pursuit of Sustainable Infrastructure Funding

As expected, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) was chosen as Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for the 116th session of Congress.  Chair DeFazio has been the ranking Democrat on the committee since 2015, and with Democrats having gained the majority in the House, he moves into the top spot on the committee.  In a statement, DeFazio said he would be a “tireless advocate for the kind of infrastructure investment that results in job creation, increased economic growth, and decreased emissions.”

Chair DeFazio has said that he soon plans to move a long-term infrastructure package that includes ensuring sustainable funding for big-ticket projects, a national pilot program on a vehicle-miles-traveled fee-based system, and enhanced funding for transit to reduce highway congestion.

Chair DeFazio remains heavily skeptical of President Trump’s infrastructure proposal that was released early last year.  “The president promised $1.5 trillion of investment in infrastructure.  But so far he has proposed actually cutting infrastructure or privatizing the entire system.  That won’t work,” DeFazio said.

NASHTU looks forward to working with Chairman DeFazio and all members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of a safe, cost-effective, and sustainably-funded transportation system that serves the public interest.

Read more:

Oregon’s Peter DeFazio Takes Charge of House Transportation Committee, The Oregonian

The DeFazio Era Begins, Transport Topics


April 24, 2018

2018 NASHTU Conference a Smashing Success!

By any measure, NASHTU’s 19th Annual Conference, held April 16 through 18, was among the most productive and interesting conferences in our history.

NASHTU conference attendees heard from three Senators including Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), the Ranking Democrat on the Senate EPW Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), who is also a member of the EPW Committee.  In addition, we also heard from four members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, including the Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chair Sam Graves (R-MO), and Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Jared Huffman (D-CA), and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA).

On the Tuesday afternoon of the conference, NASHTU members had the opportunity to meet with their state’s Congressional delegation and advocate NASHTU’s legislative priorities including increased transportation funding and limiting outsourcing of transportation services on federally funded transportation projects.  That evening, NASHTU hosted a well-attended Congressional Reception that included 12 Members of Congress and dozens of congressional staff members.
The three-day conference also included many informative panels and presentations on transportation funding alternatives, upcoming legislative and regulatory battles, labor issues, and multiple other topics of interest.

In the coming weeks, NASHTU will be posting proceedings, photos, and some of the presentations of the 2018 conference on our website at www.nashtu.us.  For additional information, please contact us at nashtu@nashtu.us.


News Stories

Report: Key design flaws in bridge that had deadly collapse — Designers overestimated the strength of a critical section of a Florida International University pedestrian bridge that collapsed, killing six people, and they underestimated the load on that same section, federal investigators reported Thursday.  Cracks that were observed in the bridge before it collapsed were consistent with those design errors, their report says. — Jennifer Kay for AP

With Election Over, Transportation Advocates Eye 2019 Battles — Last week’s elections had enough good news to keep up the spirits of transportation advocates — an effort to roll back a California gas tax hike failed, candidates promising to fix roads were elected as governors and dozens of local transportation ballot measures passed.  But there are still reasons for advocates to be concerned. — Daniel C. Vock for Governing — November 13, 2018

Colorado transportation funding faces winding road ahead — Colorado’s dance over dollars for transportation didn’t end on Election Day, when voters crushed two ballot questions that could have put billions into roads. — Joey bunch for The Journal — November 13, 2018