Advocates for increased transportation infrastructure revenue will again hold Transportation Day in 2015. On January 28, participants from across the state will gather for a morning briefing before heading to the State Capitol to talk with Legislators about addressing the need to increase income for state, county, and city transportation projects.
Support comes from diverse stakeholders including highway associations and coalitions, construction interests, farm and commodity groups, counties, municipalities, and development/chamber organizations. Together, participants will tell legislators, “We can’t afford to wait,” to address the growing issues resulting from inadequate transportation infrastructure revenue.
The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has stated the agency has a $215 million annual shortfall for critical needs. Without increased revenue, the consequences of the shortfall will continue to compound with Iowa roads falling into dangerous disrepair, bridges crumbling, and capacity stagnating. Cities and counties have been forced to bond for transportation infrastructure projects with bonds that will not be paid off before the projects’ lifespan concludes.
Governor Terry Branstad and Lt Governor Kim Reynolds will address Transportation Day participants at 8:30 am on January 28 in the Wallace Building Auditorium, 502 E 9th Street, Des Moines. Transportation Committee Chairs Senator Tod Bowman and Representative Josh Byrnes will also speak to participants as will Iowa DOT Commission Chair David Rose and Iowa DOT Planning, Programming, and Modal Division Director Stu Anderson.
In addition to these updates, participants will hear from stakeholders in the We Can’t Afford to Wait advocacy project which has included media campaigns to raise awareness of the need for increased transportation infrastructure revenue. Then beginning at 11:00 am, participants will go to the State Capitol to hold meetings with Legislative leaders including Speaker Kraig Paulsen, Representative Mark Smith, and Senator Bill Dix. They also hope to meet with Senator Mike Gronstal. Participants will also seek one-on-one meetings with other Legislators.
All are welcome to attend and participate in Transportation Day 2015. Registration for the day’s events begins at 8:00 am at the Wallace Building Auditorium.