History

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:

2017

ARTBA marks 115th anniversary of service to the U.S. transportation design and construction industry.

2015

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.

2014

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.

2013

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.

2012

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.”

2011

ARTBA launches first-ever Dr. J. Don Brock TransOvation™ Workshop, an interactive event aimed at fostering industry innovation.

2010

ARTBA-TDF unveils Transportation Development Hall of Fame.

2009

President Barack Obama signs the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, which provides an extra $48 billion for transportation improvements.

2007

ARTBA hosts National Traffic Management & Work Zone Safety Conference at Intertraffic North America in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

2006

ARTBA celebrates 50th anniversary of the Interstate Highway Program in Washington, D.C., with a gala dinner featuring General Colin Powell.

2005

ARTBA-pushed highway/transit program bill (SAFETEA-LU) signed into law by President George W. Bush.

2004

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.

2003

ARTBA-led coalition successfully advocates for passage of aviation investment bill (VISION-100) that’s signed into law by President George W. Bush.

2002

ARTBA celebrates 100th anniversary in New York City and Washington, D.C.

ARTBA “Transportation Makes America Work” (TMAW) grassroots lobbying and communications program launched.

2001

ARTBA holds first-ever International Conference on Roadway Work Zone Safety.

2000

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.

1999

ARTBA-TDF creates first-ever Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program.

1998

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.

1997

“Washington Newsline” established.

ARTBA flagship website (www.artba.org) launched.

ARTBA and Federal Highway Administration establish first-ever National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse.

1996

ARTBA initiates Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC).

1995

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).

1993

ARTBA files first environmental lawsuit to protect industry market interests.

1991

ARTBA-pushed highway/transit program bill (ISTEA) signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.

1990

Public Private Ventures in Transportation Division established.

1989

“Washington Update” fax service established.

ARTBA organizes $1.5 million “Building a Better America Through Transportation Construction Campaign” to push for increased federal investment.

1986

ARTBA Washington, D.C., event celebrates 30th anniversary of Interstate Highway Program.

1985

ARTBA holds first-ever National Conference on Highway Work Zone Safety in Washington, D.C.

ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation (TDF) established.

1982

ARTBA successfully pushes first federal gas tax increase for road construction in 23 years.

1979

ARTBA Political Action Committee (PAC) started.

Traffic Safety Industry Division established.

1977

Name changed to American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

Transportation Officials Division established.

1976

ARBA-proposed federal 4-R bridge programs enacted.

1970

ARBA-pushed federal Airport Trust Fund established.

1968

ARBA & CIMA create The Road Information Program (TRIP), headquartered in ARBA office.

1966

ARBA-advocated cabinet-level U.S. Department of Transportation created.

1956

ARBA founder Earle’s vision of Interstate Highway Construction Program and the federal Highway Trust Fund established by law.

1948

Record 300,000 attend ARBA “Road Show” in Chicago, Ill.

1945

ARBA member Harry S. Truman elected U.S. President.

1942

ARBA helps form “The Road Gang” in Washington, D.C.

1940

Annual convention & “Road Show” in Chicago attracts 47,500.

1934

ARBA-supported Hayden-Cartwright Act is signed into law authorizing $200 million for highway projects.

1927

ARBA-American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) Joint Committee established.

1923

Association launches member magazine (today’s “Transportation Builder”).

1916

ARBA successfully pushes first Federal-Aid Road Act.

1915

ARBA sponsors first “Pan American Good Roads Conference.”

1910

Name changed to American Road Builders Association (ARBA).

1909

First ARM “Road Show” (the forerunner of today’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG) held in Columbus, Ohio.

1903

First association convention held in Detroit, Mich.

1902

American Road Makers (ARM) constitution, drafted by Horatio S. Earle, approved February 13 at Cadillac Hotel in New York City.

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