WASHINGTON, April 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For their unwavering resolve to pass the bipartisan FAST (Fixing America's Surface Transportation) Act in 2015, the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) has awarded its prestigious Roadway Safety Champion Award to Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.).
The awards were presented in Washington, D.C. during ATSSA's annual member meeting to the capital city. Last year, the award was presented to U.S. Representative Daniel W. Lipinski (D-Ill.).
"Both Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member DeFazio have worked tirelessly, and in true bipartisan fashion, not only to pass this important, lifesaving transportation authorization, but also to ensure that roadway safety was a huge focus of the legislation," said ATSSA President and CEO Roger Wentz.
The FAST Act gave much-needed certainty to state departments of transportation, contractors, and roadway safety device manufacturers to hire personnel and invest in new equipment and technologies for the future. ATSSA members have also asked legislators to identify a sustainable funding solution for the Highway Trust Fund. Although the FAST Act is fully funded, Congress did not address a long-term, sustainable funding solution for transportation.
According to Chairman Shuster, "Safety is the highest priority in the Committee's work, and that was no different in the FAST Act. Working in a bipartisan manner, the Committee and Congress passed a long-term transportation bill that will improve our infrastructure and make our roads safer. I am honored to receive the Roadway Safety Champion Award along with Ranking Member DeFazio, and I will continue to focus on legislation that moves people and goods as safely and efficiently as possible."
"After years of short-term band-aids and extensions, last year Congress finally passed a long-term, bipartisan surface transportation bill that begins to deal with our aging network of roads, bridges, and transit systems," said Ranking Member DeFazio. "The FAST Act was a common-sense, bipartisan bill that included a number of critical safety victories that will help states plan for long-term projects that bring our crumbling system into the 21st century. I am proud that this legislation boosts funding for roadway safety projects and increases funding to prevent rail-motor vehicle accidents at railway-highway grade crossings. The FAST Act was truly a bipartisan effort—and I am honored to receive the 'Roadway Safety Champion Award' with Chairman Shuster."
ATSSA's core purpose is to advance roadway safety. ATSSA represents the roadway safety industry with effective legislative advocacy and a far-reaching member partnership. The association also leads the nation in work zone safety training and education for roadway workers across the country. ATSSA members accomplish the advancement of roadway safety through the design, manufacture and installation of road safety and traffic control devices. Visit www.atssa.com to learn more.
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SOURCE American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA)