The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is forming a member task force to develop the group's legislative agenda for reauthorization of the “Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act—A Legacy for Users” (SAFETEA-LU), due in 2009. The initiative was announced September 16 at the ARTBA Annual Meeting, held in Palm Beach, Fla.

“While 2009 may seem like a long way off, we must begin setting the agenda now to help frame the reauthorization policy debate,” 2005–2006 ARTBA chairman Gene McCormick said. “The association's eight membership divisions represent the major public and private sectors of the U.S. transportation construction industry,” said McCormick, a senior vice president and chairman of the board of Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas. “Their participation in the task force will ensure the resulting ARTBA reauthorization proposals represent the industry's consensus position on highway and public transit financing, policy, and regulatory issues.”

Many of ARTBA's transportation investment and financing, environmental and roadway construction zone safety recommendations were incorporated into SAFETEA-LU, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush on August 10, 2005.