FHWA formula aims to bridge funding gap

IBTTA welcomes FHWA's $26.5bn for bridges - and announces its executive officers for 2022
Charging, Tolling & Road Pricing / January 20, 2022
By Adam Hill
Bridge funding US infrastructure investment © Mihai Andritoiu | Dreamstime.com
Bridges are 'essential to America’s economic vitality', says IBTTA (© Mihai Andritoiu | Dreamstime.com)

IBTTA has welcomed the Federal Highway Administration’s $26.5 billion Nationwide Bridge Formula Program, which is aimed at repairing, improving and building bridges both on and off the federal-aid highway system.

"The nation’s bridges are essential to America’s economic vitality and quality of life and help promote the mobility and access to opportunity that are hallmarks of the US transportation system,” said Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, newly-appointed IBTTA president and commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

“States will have challenging decisions on how to maximise the benefits of the federal funding available," said Pat Jones, executive director & CEO of IBTTA.

"Tolling and road pricing are an important component of wise transportation investment plans that augment scarce federal and state resources to address our extensive infrastructure needs,”

“IBTTA is ready to support the states in maximising the benefits of expanded toll financing opportunities under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,” Jones concluded.

In addition to new president Gutierrez-Scaccetti, IBTTA has announced the rest of its executive officers for 2022, who each serve a one-year term and serve as part of the organisation's board of directors:

•    Andrew Fremier, deputy executive director of the Bay Area Toll Authority and deputy executive director, operations, of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, will serve as the association’s first vice president.
•    Bill M. Halkias, MD & CEO of Attica Tollway Operations Authority in Greece (Attikes Diadromes) and president of the International Road Federation based in Geneva, will serve as the association’s second vice president.
•    René Moser, MD of Asfinag Commercial Services and senior EU and international affairs manager at Asfinag, based in Austria, will be international vice president.
•    Mark Compton, CEO of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, will serve as the association’s immediate past president.

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