Tell the Highway Lobby About ’09 Transpo Spending

Not to be outdone, the road-building lobbyists at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) have launched their campaign to influence federal transportation spending priorities over the next year, including the 2009 TEA package.

Last week, while encouraging team Obama to incorporate highway construction into its economic stimulus plan, AASHTO rolled out IToldThePresident.org, a web site that invites the public to submit written and video comments on what the president-elect and Congress "need to know to take action to improve transportation."

Courtesy of trucking trade pub FleetOwner, here’s what AASHTO has in mind:

At the heart of the group’s effort is a call for $545 billion worth of
transportation infrastructure investment from 2010 through 2015 for
highways ($375 billion), transit ($93 billion), freight movement ($42
billion, largely from sources outside the Highway Trust Fund), and
intercity passenger rail ($35 billion).

As of this writing the AASHTO site has at least one video from a public transportation commuter, and a scan of written comments turned up a good number of pro-transit arguments. Let’s keep ’em coming.

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