Last month, a group of six U.S. Senate Democrats, four up for reelection, proposed a federal gas tax holiday through the end of 2022. One of the bill’s authors said it will help people “struggling with high costs for everything from gas to groceries.”
WITH DEBBY JACKSON
There was big news out of Washington just before the holidays. The enactment of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Acts, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, has the transportation community and policymakers abuzz. This legislation has been heralded as the largest increase in federal highway and public transit investment in more than 50 years, a once-in-a-generation investment.
As a kid, I loved to ride my bike. It was my primary form of transportation to get around my neighborhood, and it was freedom. I had a bright yellow Schwinn Fair Lady with a banana seat and monkey handlebars. It was so cool.
Last year was, in some ways, the lost year. While I and Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin (TDA) staff were able to work from home and make significant progress on the association’s priorities, I will remember 2020 more for what I could not do during the year than for what I did.
In a year when routines were tossed to the wind and the planning horizon seemed at times to be measured in hours instead of months or years, it was reassuring to have the Transportation Projects Commission (TPC) meet on Dec. 8. Despite the pandemic, the TPC convened to keep Wisconsin moving forward.
I’m happy today to focus on a positive, particularly how the construction industry, including transportation, is pitching in right now to help frontline health care workers in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin’s rural roads have recently received national attention with a story in the New York Times. However, the problem of deteriorating transportation conditions has been decades in the making.
Route 23 connects the two fastest-growing cities in Wisconsin — Madison and Sun Prairie. Three buses run approximately every half hour during rush hour Monday through Friday. The 23-mile service has 12 stops and takes 30 minutes or so.
People who know me are aware of my slightly contrary nature. I travel my own path.
As the governor signed the state budget, motorists were hitting the road for one of the busiest travel times of the year, the long July 4th weekend.
Debby Jackson assumed the role of executive director of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin after more than 15 years with the organization. In addition to her vast experience in association management and transportation advocacy, Jackson has a background in business. She leverages the breadth and depth of her professional experience, along with her knowledge of the membership and mission of TDA, to be a strong voice for robust transportation infrastructure in Wisconsin. Jackson started her career as a staff auditor with Price Waterhouse, which led to a series of accounting and corporate management positions with a major national retailer.