August 18, 2020 12:00 PM, EDT

Infrastructure Stakeholders to Host Forum in September

highway bridge constructionConstruction on the Interstate 69 and Interstate 610 interchange in Houston in July 2019. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

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Groups and institutions consistently urging policymakers to dedicate additional funds for freight and commuter corridors will host a weeklong advocacy forum next month.

The “United for Infrastructure” event, scheduled for the week of Sept. 14, will feature workshops focusing on surface transportation funding, public-private partnerships, technology and innovation, race and equity, and the economic impact resulting from the pandemic. Events will be held virtually.

In a message online, the coalition stated: “In partnership with the business community, labor unions, associations, think tanks and elected officials, we have led the charge for more than eight years to ensure that our nation’s infrastructure meets the needs of every American — both now and for future generations.”

The coalition’s steering committee includes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Business Roundtable, the National Association of Manufacturers, and Building America’s Future. American Trucking Associations is affiliated with the coalition.

These stakeholders have called on Congress to approve updates to a 2015 highway law prior to its expiration Sept. 30.

As Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue indicated, “We urge Republicans and Democrats to come together this year to enact legislation to rebuild our core infrastructure platforms, including roads, bridges and transit.”

The chamber has proposed a 25 cents-per-gallon increase to the federal fuel tax to stabilize the Highway Trust Fund. The account, projected to run low in the coming months, is backed by dwindling revenue from the fuel tax.

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