As Washington Briefing Begins, AASHTO’s Jim Tymon Says 2019 is a Pivotal Year

Top officials from 45 state departments of transportation will gather February 26 through March 1, 2019, in the nation’s capital for the annual American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Washington Briefing. State DOT officials will hear directly from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and the nation’s top political leaders whose jurisdictions cover transportation.

In an interview with Transportation TV, AASHTO’s Executive Director Jim Tymon says state officials will deliver an urgent message to their congressional delegations about the importance of passing transportation funding legislation this year.

“Once we get to 2020, you’re going to see Washington D.C. lock down pretty tight as presidential politics really comes to the forefront,” said Jim Tymon during the interview. “Congress has about seven or eight months to try to get some of their key pieces of legislation done. And I think getting something done on transportation is a priority for both parties – Democrats, and Republicans – in the House of Representative and the Senate. And I think President Trump’s administration wants to get something done on infrastructure, as well.”

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