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ON THE ROAD 2003 WILL OFFER A UNIQUE CONVERGENCE OF TRANSPORTATION LEGISLATION By Al Karr Priority 1: n Sept. 30, 2003, O Transportation Funding the Transportation Equity Act for the Fi r s t and foremost, ACEC 21st Century TEA- w i l l lobby for substantially 21 will expire at the age of six. greater annual funding than the A c c o r d i n g l y, members of the $31.8 billion for highways and 108th Congress are gearing up $7.2 billion for transit appropri- to draft a multi-year reauthoriza- ated by Congress in F.Y. 2003. tion of the massive legislation, The new Bush administration which provides federal financing b u d g e t for F.Y. 2004 in its f o r roads, bridges and mass- first cut at TEA-21 reauthoriza- transit projects. tion actually proposes a reduc- T h e new law, informally tion, to $29.3 billion for high- known as TEA-3, will address w a y s , while noting that that basic transportation infrastruc- would be $1 billion over esti- ture needs for probably another mated Trust Fund receipts. s i x years along with some The Council supports a range transportation-related homeland of proposals that would boost security concerns brought on by s p e n d i n g to more than $400 the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, billion for roads and transit over 2001. s i x years. Just to meet basic Transportation projects cur- n e e d s , ACEC points out that re n t l y account for more than annual spending on roads and half of the design work done by bridges should rise to $53 bil- engineering firms in the United l i o n and spending for transit States. So TEA-21 will have a should climb to $11 billion. cer tain impact on the level of The ongoing economic w o rk these companies receive slump and drastic shortfalls in well past the current decade. As state and local budgets make the s u c h , ACEC's Transportation economic stimulus that federal C o m m i t t e e has approved a funding of transportation infra- statement of three major priori- structure provides more impor- ties, which the association will t a n t than ever, says Thomas vigorously support during the O'Neill, president and CEO of TEA-21 reauthorization process Pa r s o n s Brinckerhoff. More- on Capitol Hill this year. over, with the White House and l April 2003 1 6 E N G I N E E R I N G INC. M a r c h

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Engineering Inc. - March/April 2003

FROM ACEC TO YOU
MEMBERS ASK
NEWS & NOTES
LEGISLATIVE ACTION
EXCLUSIVE: AN INTERVIEW WITH DON YOUNG
ON THE ROAD
ANNUAL CONVENTION PREVIEW: ALAN LIGHTMAN
ACEC PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY SURVEY RESULTS
REFORM 2003
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
ONE ON ONE

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