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Andrew T. Gillies is Director of Communications at the Center for Audit Quality, an affiliate of the American Institute of CPAs, in Washington, DC. Based in Washington since 2002, he has also worked in editorial and communications roles at the Investment Company Institute, the World Bank, Forbes, and Vault.com. His policy-themed writing has focused on aerospace and defense, energy and environment, transportation, and financial services.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Interstate Highways: Big Numbers In Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Long before there was an Interstate Highway System, there were highway lobbyists. In fact, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, or ARTBA, was founded 104 years ago. As the Interstate turns 50 this week, ARTBA is using the occasion to pound the table on its policy priorities.
As part of that effort, ARTBA's formidable economics staff has put out a barrage of statistics on the Interstate's economic 50-year impact and outlook. The stats make good fodder for the ARTBA's arguments on expanding highway capacity. They're also startling for anyone presently bothered by traffic congestion.