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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 01/19/2011

A campaign for transportation funding

By Washington Post Editors

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is taking its case for federal transportation funding to the public.

AASHTO Executive Director John Horsely and other transportation leaders kicked off a six-week social media campaign Wednesday at Union Station to generate public response about the country's transportation needs.

"What better time than now during the first month of the new Congress to tell members what Americans need and want when it comes to transportation," said Horsley. "We expect Congress to draft new legislation this year that will set transportation policy and funding levels for years to come. It is AASHTO's goal to help Congress understand the priorities of the American people."

AASHTO is encouraging people to post comments and videos to its Facebook page under the heading "I Told Congress About Transportation."

AASHTO plans to compile the videos and comments and present them to federal officials in March. The most recent six-year transportation funding law expired on Sept. 30, 2009. Congress has passed several temporary extensions but has been unable to agree on a long-term plan.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 19, 2011; 11:50 AM ET
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