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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 Returns in 2022 – Save the Date!

After a COVID-induced two-year hiatus, we are thrilled to announce that the 2022 NASHTU Conference will be held May 16-18, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel in Washington D.C.  Please save the dates!

The NASHTU Conference is an excellent opportunity for transportation unions to come together and strategize about how best to serve our members and deliver safe, cost-effective transportation projects for taxpayers.  It also provides important access to transportation leaders and key Members of Congress.  Past conferences included the congressional leaders of both Senate and House committees with jurisdiction over transportation and infrastructure and key transportation and labor officials from AASHTO, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, FHWA, Center for American Progress, and many other transportation stakeholder organizations.

NASHTU has secured a special room rate at the Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel (400 New Jersey Avenue, NW) of $339 per night (single/double occupancy).  The hotel will also honor the special room rate for up to two days prior to and after the conference, subject to hotel availability.  Advance reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 202/737-1234.  Please be sure to mention the NASHTU Conference when booking your accommodations.

As always, if you have suggestions for speakers, panels, or interesting subjects for the conference, please let us know.  We look forward to seeing you next May at the 2022 NASHTU Conference!


NASHTU Notes

October 26, 2021

Latest Surface Transportation Extension Nears Deadline

We are quickly approaching the latest deadline that Congress imposed on itself to act on a long-term surface transportation authorization.  The current 30-day extension of the surface transportation authorization expires on October 31, 2021.  After that date – unless a new authorization or another extension is passed – federal transportation programs will be shuttered.

Bloomberg Government is reporting that the uncertainty surrounding long-term federal funding is starting to make transportation advocates and State DOTs a little nervous.

“We just don’t have any assurance of what federal funds will be available and when they’ll be available,” said Susan Howard, AASHTO’s Program Director for Transportation Finance, in the article.  “Is that federal investment going to be there after October 31?”

Several State DOT officials are quoted in the article as well.  Most of them pointing out the difficulty of planning multi-year transportation projects without knowing what level of federal investment will be included in the new authorization.

In August, the Senate passed a long-term surface transportation authorization as part of a larger bipartisan infrastructure bill.  That bill provides $383.4 billion for surface transportation programs over five years – representing a 35% increase over FAST Act funding levels and is paid for by a $118 billion General Fund transfer into the Highway Trust Fund.  A House vote on the plan has been delayed in order to pressure the Senate to act on President Biden’s Build Back Better proposal that would make investments in climate change and social infrastructure programs.  Details on that plan are still being negotiated in the Senate.

Read the full article here.