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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

October 7, 2020

Congress Extends FAST Act

Last week, Congress passed, and the President signed, legislation to keep the federal government running under a continuing resolution until December 11 – just in time to avoid a federal government shutdown on October 1.  Included in the temporary funding package was a one-year extension of the current surface transportation authorization, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), which was due to expire September 30.

According to an article in Transport Topics, transportation policy-makers argued they simply ran out of time to reauthorize the FAST Act.  The year-long extension will give Congress additional time to produce a significant new highway policy bill, lawmakers said.

“A full one-year extension of highway funding provides states and communities the certainty required to plan critical road and bridge projects, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works said in the Transport Topic’s article.  “The extension will give Congress more time to finish a long-term, bipartisan highway bill to rebuild our roads and bridges,” Barrasso added.

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio was also quoted in the article.  He said “with this one-year extension in place, we can continue to work on a long-term, transformational bill that significantly boosts investment in our surface transportation network and moves our transportation systems into the 21st century.”

According to AASHTO, the one-year extension of the FAST Act included an additional $13.6 billion in funding for the Highway Trust Fund to keep the fund solvent through the end of the new deadline, September 30, 2021.  Previously, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the Highway Trust Fund would run critically low as soon as the spring of 2021 and run a shortfall later that summer.

Read the full article in Transport Topics

Read the AASHTO Journal article.