Transportation Steering Committee

Responsible for all matters pertaining to federal transportation legislation, funding and regulation and its impacts on county government. This includes highway and bridge development, finance and safety, public transit development and finance, transportation planning, airport development and service, passenger and freight railroads, ports and waterways, freight movement, and research and development of new modes of transportation.

Policy Briefs

Support County Priorities in Any New Federal Infrastructure Package

ACTION NEEDED:

Urge your members of Congress to support county transportation and infrastructure priorities in any new infrastructure bill presented by Congress.

BACKGROUND:

Counties play a critical role in the nation’s transportation system, owning 46 percent of all public roads (compared to the 32 percent of public roads owned by cities and townships, 19 percent by states, and 3 percent by the federal government) and 38 percent of the nation’s bridge inventory, and are involved with a third of the nation’s transit systems and airports that connect residents, communities and businesses.

In the 116th Congress, there is renewed interest on Capitol Hill to pass a bipartisan, comprehensive infrastructure package. The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure intends to unveil an infrastructure policy measure as early as summer 2019. Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) has outlined several priorities he plans to address in a final package, including sustainable funding for large-scale construction and maintenance projects, alternative revenue sources for highways and transit, harbors and airports, funding for freight corridors and an emphasis on infrastructure resilience to withstand severe weather.

PDF icon Surface Transportation Policy Brief.pdf

FAA Reauthorization

ACTION NEEDED

Advocate for the passage of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill that supports airport development and continues air service to large and small communities.

BACKGROUND

Counties play a critical role in the nation’s transportation systems, including the nation’s air transportation system. Counties own 34 percent of the nation’s publicly-owned airports and spend $5.14 billion annually on air transportation, which supports nearly 11,500 employees across the country.

In February of 2012, Congress passed a four-year reauthorization of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs known as the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-095). The bill was the first long-term authorization of federal civil aviation programs since 2007 and was finally enacted after 23 short-term extensions. The current extension is set to expire September 30, 2018. Congress must either extend or reauthorize the FAA by September 30 to avert a shutdown of agency operations.

The FAA reauthorization process allows Congress to address many aspects of FAA policy and funding, including a number of programs that benefit counties.  Programs of importance to counties include:

PDF icon 2018 FAA Reauthorization_Update.pdf

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Transportation Steering Committee

Chair

Randy Maluchnik
Commissioner
Carver County, Minnesota

 

Vice Chair

Walter Beyer
Chief Engineer and Operations Officer
Elmore County, Alabama

 

Cindy Bobbitt
Commissioner
Grant County, Oklahoma

 

Gary Fickes
Commissioner
Tarrant County, Texas

 

Scott Haggerty
Supervisor
Alameda County, California

 

James Healy
Board Member
DuPage County, Illinois

 

Bill Holen
Commissioner
Arapahoe County, Colorado

 

Jack Mariano
Commissioner
Pasco County, Florida

 

Paul Savas
Commissioner
Clackamas County, Oregon

 

Subcommittee Chair

William Altimus (Transit/Rail)
Parish Administrator
Bossier Parish, Louisiana

 

Patrick Farrell (Ports)
Commissioner
Chatham County, Georgia

 

Liz Hausmann (Airports)
Commissioner
Fulton County, Georgia

 

Matthew Prochaska (Highway/Highway Safety)
County Board Member
Kendall County, Illinois

 

Subcommittee Vice Chair

Ron Burrows (Ports)
Commissioner
Rogers County, Oklahoma

 

Nancy Detert (Airports)
Commissioner
Sarasota County, Florida

 

Daniel Fedderly (Highway/Highway Safety)
Executive Director
Wisconsin County Highway Association, Wisconsin

 

Sharon Green Middleton (Ports)
Council Vice-President
Baltimore City, Maryland

 

Michael Logsdon (Airports)
Magistrate
Oldham County, Kentucky

 

Bob Lucey (Transit/Rail)
Commission Chair
Washoe County, Nevada

 

Stanley Moore (Transit/Rail)
Commissioner
Cook County, Illinois

 

Richard Sanders (Highway/Highway Safety)
County Engineer
Polk County, Minnesota

 

Alton Shepherd (Highway/Highway Safety)
Supervisor
Apache County, Arizona

 

Vance Stuehrenberg (Airports)
Commissioner
Blue Earth County, Minnesota

 

Robert Weinroth (Transit/Rail)
Commissioner, District 4
Palm Beach County, Florida

 

Contact

  • Associate Legislative Director – Transportation and Infrastructure  
    (202) 942-4264