campaign that will give travelers an opportunity to share their views on "What the New President and Congress Should Know About Transportation."
Between now and the Inauguration, AASHTA asks the traveling public to go to www.IToldThePresident.org and post comments and videos about their transportation concerns.
"It's important that the American people have a voice in creating the kind of transportation system this nation needs," said AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley. "Our goal is to make certain that we find transportation solutions that work with and for communities and support jobs right here at home."
State departments of transportation across the country will be encouraging citizens to post videos about what's happening in their communities. AASHTO will also be posting comments from "person-on-the-street" interviews the association will be conducting over the next several months.
You can already watch videos from drivers, transit users, and transportation experts voicing their concerns about traffic congestion, safety, air pollution, state budget cutting, and project delays
due to funding shortfalls. A major challenge facing the new Administration and Congress will be to pass a new transportation bill before the current federally funded highway and transit programs expire on September 30, 2009.
AASHTO will continue the campaign through the Inauguration and will share the public's concerns with members of Congress and the White House early next year.