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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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2020 NASHTU Conference – Canceled

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, the 21st Annual NASHTU Conference – scheduled for April 20-22, 2020 in Washington D.C. – has been canceled.

Given the uncertainty about the length of the crisis, and given the limited congressional calendar in an election year, it is simply not possible at this time to reschedule the conference for this year.

We will be refunding any registration fees paid to date.  Please contact the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill at 202/737-1234 to cancel your room reservations.

We look forward to seeing you at the NASHTU conference in the spring of 2021.  If you have any questions, please contact NASHTU at nashtu@nashtu.us.


NASHTU Notes

July 14, 2020

FHWA Awards $15M to States for Alternative User-Fee Pilot Projects

The Federal Highway Administration has awarded $15 million in grants for seven projects in five states to test new types of fees on motorists and other highway users that may someday help pay for our transportation systems.

The grants represent the latest round of Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) grants, which were created in the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation or FAST Act and authorized $95 million over five years for the program.  According to an article in the Engineering News-Record, FHWA has only awarded $40 million to 10 STSFA projects so far.

The three largest grants will go to departments of transportation in Washington ($5.5 million), Oregon ($ 5 million), and Delaware ($3.35 million).  The Delaware DOT applied for the grant on behalf of the I-95 coalition, which is a regional group of 17 states on the East Coast and the District of Colombia.  Each of the funded projects will study road-use charges as an alternative mechanism to the current fuel excise tax-based system.

STSFA grants are part of a much needed effort to find new and alternative ways to pay for the nation’s transportation systems.  As we are well aware, the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) is struggling to keep up with ever growing transportation needs because of the declining purchasing power of federal gas and diesel taxes.  These taxes were last increased in 1993.  As electric vehicles and fuel efficient vehicles become more popular, the HTF is likely to collect less and less revenue from fuel taxes, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Read the full article in the Engineering News-Record.

Read the FHWA press release about the STSFA grant awards.