The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 used infrastructure spending as a key component of stimulating the U.S. economy, which focused much needed attention on the state of the country’s infrastructure. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has released its forecast of the top 10 transportation topics that will be part of the national debate in 2010.
Among the forecasted topics are:
- the adoption of a long-term transportation funding bill;
- adoption of a new jobs creation bill (an extension of the ARRA); and
- a new era for high-speed rail funding.
AASHTO also predicts that Congress will take additional action to require reduced emissions to address climate change concerns. Perhaps the most interesting development is that 80% of state DOTs are using Twitter as well as other social media tools to release information on traffic incidents, road closings, weather emergencies, and other transportation related information.
Visit the CE News site for the complete list of predictions.