Website provides TEA-21 reauthorization info, helps contractors contact legislators

A road builders’ association launched a website this month offering news related to reauthorization of federal transportation programs and providing contractors with assistance in contacting their legislators to voice their opinions on the issue.

The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century and the Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century were signed into law in 1998 and both expire Sept. 30. If they are not reauthorized by Oct. 1, federal transportation aid to states will stop.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association developed the new site as part of its TEA-21 reauthorization education campaign.

The website, which is updated daily, includes information on current reauthorization status and details four TEA-21 and two AIR-21 reauthorization proposals Congress is considering.

Visitors to the site can find a 378-word sample letter to personalize and send to their representatives in Congress. In the “It’s up to you” section of the site, ARTBA gives advice on how to communicate with legislators. Contractors can also find recommendations on how to get their employees involved in the reauthorization process.

A segment of the site shows an estimate of how TEA-21 reauthorization would impact each state in such terms as disposable income increase and gross domestic product increase.

To visit the site, click on the link to the right.