Over 300 executives in the transportation industry from all over the country are in Washington, D.C., this week for the 2016 American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Washington Briefing.
The main focus of the three-day meeting will be the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.
Keynote speakers include U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee; Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), the committee's ranking member; U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee ranking member; and Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
"Every year, our Washington Briefing plays an important role in bringing state and federal officials together to work on the issues they share," AASHTO Executive Director Bud Wright said. "This year is especially significant, as our state agency CEOs begin allocating their first-year FAST Act funds and try to absorb new programs, and as Congress begins moving toward new legislation for aviation and water projects. State DOTs face a packed regulatory and legislative agenda, so our program gives them an intensive look at all those issues so the CEOs can decide how best to leverage federal opportunities to improve their transportation systems back home."