We experience a lot of change in our lives.
We grow up, we get married, and we have kids. Then our kids grow up, our parents pass away, we may even change spouses, we change jobs, we move. We change and we move on.
In spite of all the changes we experience there are some things in our lives that are constants.
We need to get to work. We need to get the kids to school. We need to visit our parents during the holidays. We need to get our manufactured goods to the marketplace.
We still need roads, bridges, airports, railroads, river ports, and transit to move our freight and move our people. That has not - and probably will not - ever change. We will need to maintain and enhance our infrastructure and we will need to pay for it. That will not change.
We must navigate through all these changes, whether they are technology changes, legislative changes, lifestyle changes, or changes in elected leadership. We assess the situation, make adjustments, and move forward.
We've just experienced a change in Kentucky. This past Tuesday, Kentuckians elected a new Governor. On December 8, 2015 Matt Bevin will be sworn in as Kentucky's 62nd Governor. As with all administrations, KBT will work with Mr. Bevin's administration, educating and advocating for a safe, sustainable transportation infrastructure.
Many Kentuckians have been so focused on the recent changes here at home that we missed a major change that occurred yesterday in Washington.
Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed their version of a long-term surface transportation bill, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 (STRR).
The Senate passed their version of a long-term surface transportation bill, the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act (DRIVE) earlier this year. The bill will now go to a Conference Committee for final negotiations before it is sent to the President who will hopefully sign the measure.
Final passage of this needed legislation will be a major change from the continuing resolutions we've had in the recent past. And this change will impact our infrastructure in a positive way for years to come. We will finally have the certainty we've requested so we can plan for and implement major construction projects - not just in Kentucky but throughout our entire country.
Senator McConnell led a bi-partisan group to move this initiative in the Senate and for that we are truly appreciative. We are also thankful that the Kentucky delegation supported the passage of a long-term surface transportation bill - one of the most important pieces of legislation for our entire country. Final passage of a long-term surface transportation bill allows for positive changes in our country and our country's infrastructure for years to come.