Newsletters

The November 2020 Newsletter is now available.

Stories include:

  • WisDOT submits budget request;
  • Transportation Project Commission scheduled to meet;
  • Voters approve 94% of transportation investment ballot measures;
  • FCC releases ruling on 5.9 GHz band usage; and
  • Mark O’Connell TDA’s 2020-2021 president

October 2020 Newsletter

  • TDA 2020 virtual Annual Meeting;
  • Stretch of I-94 designated alternative fuel corridor;
  • Connect 2050 offers virtual open house;
  • Governor Walz (MN) signs $1.9B infrastructure bonding bill; and
  • On The Go Podcast: Winneconne’s Boucher discusses community’s new award-winning bridge

September 2020 Newsletter

  • TDA 2020 virtual Annual Meeting
  • Senate on deadline to extend surface transportation programs, government funding
  • ASCE releases Wis. infrastructure report card
  • Wisconsin plans for self-driving cars
  • Milwaukee BRT project moves forward

July/August 2020 Newsletter

  • I-94 East-West project to move forward
  • WisDOT seeks public input on multimodal transportation plan
  • House passes transportation spending bill
  • House advances WRDA 2020 bill
  • New TDA website live
  • On The Go Podcast: Biking soars during pandemic

June 2020

  • House to take up surface transportation as part of a larger infrastructure package
  • Summer travel plan predictions: AAA expects car travel to remain strong
  • I-94 North-South project wraps
  • Only a fraction of a gas tax increase is passed on at the pump
  • On The Go Podcast: Traffic changes during COVID-19

May 2020

  • WisDOT talks COVID-19, revenue impacts
  • Jim Peterson receives ARTBA honor
  • On The Go Podcasts: Transportation during COVID-19
  • House passes another round of economic relief legislation
  • Rural transportation network backlog

April 2020

  • Traffic at historically low levels during COVID-19 outbreak, revenue drops
  • More than 20 organization sign on to Wisconsin delegation letter
  • Congress passes $480 billion COVID-19 relief package
  • Wisconsin receives CARES Act funds
  • TDA’s latest “On the Go” podcast episode: The role of essential workers and the importance of transportation during national emergency

March 2020

  • Wisconsin construction projects to continue with new safety precautions
  • WisDOT responding to COVID-19
  • Congress passes $2 trillion stimulus bill
  • TDA’s latest “On the Go” podcast episode: Construction industry helps to protect frontline health care providers, featuring Pat Goss

February 2020

  • The condition of Wisconsin rural roads becomes national news
  • TDA launches new publication: About TIME newsletter
  • TDA’s latest “On the Go” podcast episode: Golf and Wisconsin’s economy, featuring Gary D’Amato
  • Michigan to borrow $3.5B for roads
  • Trump administration releases FY 2021 budget request

January 2020

  • House democrats & GOP put forward infrastructure priorities
  • $75 million Multimodal Local Supplement Program, $1.47 billion in reported needs
  • Trump administration announces streamlining of environmental approval process
  • ACEC/ WisDOT 2020 Transportation Improvement Conference and other upcoming events

December 2019

  • Holiday travel numbers
  • Transportation Projects Commission meets after 5-year hiatus
  • Congress passes FY2020 funding bills, $4 billion in supplemental transportation funding
  • Connecticut lawmakers delay vote on transportation plan

November 2019

  • TDA Annual Meeting recap: It’s About Time
  • TDA’s latest “On the Go” podcasts look at (1) the state’s Christmas tree industry and (2) National Apprenticeship Week November 11 – 17
  • TDA’s column: making the connection with new bus service to Sun Prairie
  • December 6 deadline for $75 million local transportation grant program
  • Almost 90% of transportation measures pass
  • President signs continuing resolution, repeals $7.6 billion rescission

October 2019

  • TDA’s latest “On the Go” podcast looks at the importance of transportation in agri-business success
  • TDA’s column: In Wisconsin, taking the road less traveled is worth it
  • Michigan road funding at a standstill
  • National freight report highlights growing capacity challenges

September 2019

  • TDA Annual Meeting November 7
  • TDA’s latest “On the Go” podcast looks at the link between infrastructure and commercial real estate
  • WisDOT announces criteria for $75 million multimodal grant program
  • Transportation commissioner talks gas tax, debt service fee

August 2019

  • Share your support as the U.S. Senate Committee takes the first step with highway reauthorization
  • TDA’s latest “On the Go” podcast looks at launch of new low-risk bridge pilot program
  • Wisconsin ports boost the economy
  • Two Wisconsin transportation projects win MAASTO awards, zoo interchange project selected as “Top 12” project

June/July 2019

  • Executive Director Debby Jackson pens op-ed for the Kenosha Daily News
  • Aviation industry boosts Wisconsin’s economy
  • WisDOT final intermodal report available
  • EPW releases highway reauthorization proposal
  • Wisconsin laborers open expanded training center

May 2019

  • Turnout for Transportation Capitol Edition well-timed to deliver Just Fix It message
  • A special thank you to Turnout for Transportation sponsors
  • TDA’s Column: Does the legislature have a sustainable plan for transportation?
  • WisDOT announces hundreds of highway projects at risk

April 2019

  • Turnout for Transportation Capitol Edition
  • Thank you to 2019 Fly-in participants and sponsors
  • TDA’s latest “On the Go” podcasts
  • Wisconsin State Journal editorial: Don’t Stall Fix to Wisconsin’s Crumbling Roads
  • Transportation and Innovation Expo and other upcoming events

March 2019

  • TDA’s Column: Pay now or pay more later
  • TDA’s “On the Go” Podcast looks at governor’s budget proposal
  • Journal Times editorial: Find a road to agreement

February 2019

  • Politifact rating of statement about Wisconsin road conditions
  • Case study: The Problem is Defined, the Options are Known
  • TDA’s column: To gauge the public’s appetite for transportation fix, ask about costs AND benefits
  • TDA launches new podcast titled “On the Go”
  • Chris Klein column: Motorists understand the need for more road money
  • TDA Fly-in information

January 2019

  • Secretary Thompson on UPFRONT with Mike Gousha
  • Midwest states facing transportation funding choice
  • Good press from states that passed gas tax increases in prior years
  • TDA Fly-in information and other upcoming events

December 2018

  • TDA statement on Thompson appointment
  • Thompson farewell message to TDA members
  • TDA’s Wisconsin 12 Days of Christmas
  • TDA Fly-in information

November 2018

  • TDA Annual Meeting
  • Voters once again show support for transportation investment
  • More than 54 million Americans to travel this Thanksgiving
  • Senate passes ballast water measure
  • Allison Bussler TDA’s 2018-2019 president

September/October 2018

  • TRIP Report: Wisconsin motorists lose $6.8 billion per year driving on rough, congested and outdated roads
  • Fall forums
  • New case studies
  • FAA reauthorization, waiting for president’s signature

August 2018

  • News coverage
  • August case studies
  • 96% of state lawmakers who voted for gas tax increase win ’18 primaries
  • Fall forums

July 2018

  • Majority of Wisconsin voters say roads in fair or poor condition
  • Eau Claire County enacts $30 wheel tax
  • Wisconsin’s roads: Failing to plan costs us more than money, it costs us time
  • Great Lakes shipping supports 237,000 jobs

June 2018

  • Rough Road Tour continues in Eau Claire and Marathon counties
  • TDA case study: Spending problem or revenue problem?
  • AAA predicts new Independence Day holiday travel record
  • Other JFI media coverage

May 2018

  • 2018 Fly-in to DC recap and thanks to sponsors
  • La Crosse County Rough Road Tour
  • Detour: Wisconsin farmers cope with new bridge restrictions
  • Other JFI media coverage
  • Policy Forum releases report on wheel tax, generates news coverage around state

April 2018

  • 2018 Fly-in to DC
  • Just Fix It update
  • Association notes

March 2018

  • 2018 Fly-in to DC
  • Thompson: Wisconsin’s roads crumble while difficult decisions are delayed
  • Congress passes 2018 Omnibus bill
  • New TRIP report highlights high rate of fatal crashes involving elderly
  • INFRA grants to be announced in June, hopefully
  • 2017 traffic at record levels in US, Wisconsin

February 2018

  • 2018 Fly-in to DC
  • Recent media coverage
  • Tolling in the news
  • Madison Metro struggles to make capital replacements and plan for future, funding the issue
  • New gas tax to raise nearly $150 million in 2018 to Fix SC’s crumbling roads
  • Congress reaches two-year budget deal
  • Trump infrastructure investment plan released
  • AEM Poll: 81% want Congress to pass infrastructure bill in 2018

January 2018

  • 2018 Fly-in to DC
  • Recent media coverage
  • Possible outline of Trump infrastructure package surfaces

December 2017

  • Recent media coverage
  • Fiscal Bureau: Foxconn roads could draw $134 million from other state highway projects
  • Record-breaking 107 million Americans to celebrate holidays away from home

November 2017

  • Local governments are stepping up to address crumbling roads
  • Recent media coverage
  • Iowa, Nebraska road projects see boost from gas tax increase
  • Voters overwhelmingly support transportation investment
  • Congress’s 12 days of Christmas
  • Trucking industry says gas tax increase is the only way to pay for infrastructure

October 2017

  • TDA’s Craig Thompson Column: Wisconsinites deserve better roads
  • Recent media coverage
  • Support improvement of Highway 23 Corridor
  • State and local officials are asked to complete survey on highway maintenance workforce issues
  • Tom Bressner TDA’s 2017-2018 President

September 2017

  • Thank you for your support
  • Recent media coverage
  • Annual Meeting recap

August 2017

  • TDA Annual Meeting
  • Recent media coverage
  • New national poll shows overwhelming support for infrastructure spending
  • Congress will likely need more time to finish appropriations process

July 2017

  • A conservative case for a gas tax hike by Dave Prosser
  • Recent media coverage
  • Oregon legislature passes $5.3 billion transportation funding bill
  • With funding in place, Indiana kicks off 20-year transportation plan
  • And South Carolina launches 10-year plan to rebuild the state’s highway system

June 2017

  • TDA Poll: Wisconsinites overwhelmingly oppose delaying critical interstate projects in Milwaukee
  • TDA factsheets highlight significant issues
  • Recent media coverage
  • Over 250 House members sign letter seeking long-term fix to Highway Trust Fund
  • West Virginia Legislature passes $135 million annual transportation funding bill

May 2017

  • May 10th Capitol day
  • TDA Just Fix It factsheet: how Wisconsin’s transportation funding challenge affects more than just roads
  • Recent media coverage
  • 2018 Trump budget and infrastructure plan
  • South Carolina fifth state to raise gas tax this year

April 2017

  • May 10th Capitol day
  • TDA Just Fix It factsheet highlights states that have stepped up to fund transportation
  • Recent media coverage
  • Business coalition: I-94 East-West a vital economic connection
  • Trump tax plan silent on transportation funding

March 2017

  • Poor road conditions, less funding proposed
  • Recent media coverage
  • States continue to look for ways to fund transportation
  • U.S. infrastructure rated a D+
  • Trump’s budget cuts transportation by 13 percent
  • April 24th economic forum in Milwaukee
  • May 10th Capitol day

February 2017

  • TDA issues audit fact sheet
  • Recent media coverage
  • $2 billion needed to repair Wisconsin bridges
  • Indiana House Republicans pass gas tax increase
  • Us traffic continues to grow, sets new record
  • Trump infrastructure plan likely to take a backseat until 2018

January 2017

  • WisDOT audit won’t close $1 billion funding gap
  • Good news on revenue front, framework for possible deal
  • Recent media coverage
  • Tennessee’s Republican governor seeks gas tax hike as part of plan to build economy
  • Indiana: Transportation a top budget issue, $1.2 billion plan proposed
  • Report identifies almost $1 trillion in needed transportation investment

December 2016

  • Transportation hearing highlights the high cost of doing nothing
  • Just Fix It update
  • Holiday travel to reach highest level on record according to AAA
  • Federal continuing resolution keeps funds flowing through April 28th
  • Congress passes water bill

November 2016

  • Transportation hearing
  • Trump nominates former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to be Transportation Secretary
  • Dave Brose TDA’s 2016-2017 President
  • Just Fix It update

October 2016

  • TDA November 15th Annual Meeting
  • Just Fix It coverage and news
  • New Jersey 17th state to increase revenue since 2013
  • Congress passed continuing resolution, extends federal funding

September 2016

  • Just Fix It coverage and news

August 2016

  • Just Fix It coverage and news

July 2016

  • Just Fix It coverage and news
  • A transportation fact check

June 2016

  • Governor Walker to WisDOT: Minimize Southeast Wisconsin projects
  • Just Fix It coverage and news
  • Interstate at 60 showing its age
  • Lawmakers near deal on FAA reauthorization as deadline looms
  • AAA projects record-breaking July 4th travel

May 2016

  • Just Fix It meeting coverage
  • Sheboygan County floats plan to implement .5% sales tax for roads
  • Senate approves FAA reauthorization bill
  • FASTLANE grant requests greatly exceed funds available

April 2016

  • Just Fix It update
  • TDA regional meetings
  • Interstate 94 east-west opponents file petitions against expansion
  • Legislators call citizens to action on Highway 23
  • Proposal for new railroad line around Chicago

March 2016

  • Just Fix It update
  • In Business Blog: Common sense prevails
  • FAA authorization likely extended four months
  • The cost of congestion
  • Coalition working to connect Chippewa Valley via rail