ARTBA’s mission is simple: We are a federation whose primary goal is to aggressively grow and protect transportation infrastructure investment to meet the public and business demand for safe and efficient travel. In support of this mission, ARTBA also provides programs and services designed to give its public and private sector members a global competitive edge.
ARTBA’s core values and principles-defined and reflected in the association’s governance, management, policies and program of work-include: integrity and the highest ethical standards, visionary leadership that always focuses on the future and fosters innovation, an “action-oriented” approach and intelligent risk taking.
Here’s a timeline of key association milestones:
ARTBA marks 115th anniversary of service to the U.S. transportation design and construction industry.
ARTBA-TDF Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ program launched.
A five-year highway/transit investment bill (FAST Act) is signed into law by President Barack Obama.
ARTBA-TDF celebrates 30th anniversary.
ARTBA-TDF’s Young Executive Development Program is rebranded as the Industry Leader Development Program.
ARTBA launches Transportation Investment Advocacy Center.™
ARTBA hosts inaugural National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates.
ARTBA rolls out first-ever all-digital “Washington Newsline.”
ARTBA leads the successful industry push for the first multi-year federal waterway and ports infrastructure investment bill in seven years. It’s signed into law by President Barack Obama.
ARTBA hosts milestone 25th Annual National P3 in Transportation Conference. ARTBA’s marks 20th anniversary of its first-ever lawsuit challenging federal government agency regulatory outreach, and caps the year with legal victory for the time in the P3 arena by defeating an effort to strike down Virginia’s P3 law.
The 27-month long highway/transit investment bill (MAP-21) signed into law by President Barack Obama.
ARTBA hosts first-ever “Local Transportation Management Virtual Conference & Innovation Showcase” featuring “Best Practices in Work Zone Safety.”
ARTBA launches first-ever Dr. J. Don Brock TransOvation™ Workshop, an interactive event aimed at fostering industry innovation.
ARTBA-TDF unveils Transportation Development Hall of Fame.
President Barack Obama signs the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, which provides an extra $48 billion for transportation improvements.
ARTBA hosts National Traffic Management & Work Zone Safety Conference at Intertraffic North America in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
ARTBA celebrates 50th anniversary of the Interstate Highway Program in Washington, D.C., with a gala dinner featuring General Colin Powell.
ARTBA-pushed highway/transit program bill (SAFETEA-LU) signed into law by President George W. Bush.
ARTBA plays a key leadership role in helping secure long-time industry goal of ethanol tax reform, which results in an additional $2 billion annual revenue stream for transportation improvements.
ARTBA-led coalition successfully advocates for passage of aviation investment bill (VISION-100) that’s signed into law by President George W. Bush.
ARTBA celebrates 100th anniversary in New York City and Washington, D.C.
ARTBA “Transportation Makes America Work” (TMAW) grassroots lobbying and communications program launched.
ARTBA holds first-ever International Conference on Roadway Work Zone Safety.
ARTBA-led coalition secures passage of federal aviation bill (AIR-21), increasing federal airport
capital investment by more than 60%. It’s signed into law by President Bill Clinton.
ARTBA-TDF creates first-ever Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program.
ARTBA-led coalitions successfully push record $218 billion federal highway/transit program
bill (TEA-21) signed into law by President Bill Clinton.
ARTBA “PRIDE in Transportation Construction” campaign launched.
“Washington Newsline” established.
ARTBA flagship website (www.artba.org) launched.
ARTBA and Federal Highway Administration establish first-ever National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse.
ARTBA initiates Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC).
ARTBA successfully pushes enactment of National Highway System Designation Act.
ARTBA initiates Alliance for Truth in Transportation Budgeting.
ARTBA-TDF creates Young Executive Development Program (YEDP).
ARTBA files first environmental lawsuit to protect industry market interests.
ARTBA-pushed highway/transit program bill (ISTEA) signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.
Public Private Ventures in Transportation Division established.
“Washington Update” fax service established.
ARTBA organizes $1.5 million “Building a Better America Through Transportation Construction Campaign” to push for increased federal investment.
ARTBA Washington, D.C., event celebrates 30th anniversary of Interstate Highway Program.
ARTBA holds first-ever National Conference on Highway Work Zone Safety in Washington, D.C.
ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation (TDF) established.
ARTBA successfully pushes first federal gas tax increase for road construction in 23 years.
ARTBA Political Action Committee (PAC) started.
Traffic Safety Industry Division established.
Name changed to American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).
Transportation Officials Division established.
ARBA-proposed federal 4-R bridge programs enacted.
ARBA-pushed federal Airport Trust Fund established.
ARBA & CIMA create The Road Information Program (TRIP), headquartered in ARBA office.
ARBA-advocated cabinet-level U.S. Department of Transportation created.
ARBA founder Earle’s vision of Interstate Highway Construction Program and the federal Highway Trust Fund established by law.
Record 300,000 attend ARBA “Road Show” in Chicago, Ill.
ARBA member Harry S. Truman elected U.S. President.
ARBA helps form “The Road Gang” in Washington, D.C.
Annual convention & “Road Show” in Chicago attracts 47,500.
ARBA-supported Hayden-Cartwright Act is signed into law authorizing $200 million for highway projects.
ARBA-American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) Joint Committee established.
Association launches member magazine (today’s “Transportation Builder”).
ARBA successfully pushes first Federal-Aid Road Act.
ARBA sponsors first “Pan American Good Roads Conference.”
Name changed to American Road Builders Association (ARBA).
First ARM “Road Show” (the forerunner of today’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG) held in Columbus, Ohio.
First association convention held in Detroit, Mich.
American Road Makers (ARM) constitution, drafted by Horatio S. Earle, approved February 13 at Cadillac Hotel in New York City.