Paul Yarossi, PE
Yarossi participates in high-level roles on behalf of the industry, which gives him a broad perspective about current issues and trends. He currently serves as chairman of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Development Foundation. He previously served as chairman of ARTBA — the U.S. transportation construction industry’s representative in Washington, D.C.
Yarossi also has presented testimony to the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, and the U.S. House Oversight Committee.
• American Road and Transportation Builders Association, past chairman, executive committee, board of directors
• ARTBA, Transportation Development Foundation, chair
• U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Let’s Rebuild America Leadership Council, member
• The Council on Competitiveness, executive committee
• U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative Steering Committee, The Council on Competitiveness, executive committee and member
• American Council of Engineering Companies, Transportation Committee, vice chair
30 seconds with Paul Yarossi …
Q. What is your vision for America’s transportation system?
A. “The new administration has floated as much as $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over the next 10 years. How can this be realized? Possible solutions include raising sales and gas taxes, creating national and state infrastructure banks, establishing and extending user fees (such as tolls) and allowing public-private partnerships.”
Q. Do you see states playing a larger role in delivering that vision?
A. "Yes – I think it’s inevitable. The potential of permanently reduced federal funding levels – and a devolution of some priorities to individual states – is very real. To successfully navigate the future, states must understand this new reality and be ready to accept added responsibility for providing and paying for a modern multimodal transportation system."
Q. If states are being asked to do more with less, how will they fund the new vision?
A. "It’s a good question and one our industry is striving to help states address. Federal funding isn’t enough. We hope for a sustainable funding stream but in the likelihood there is not, states should consider other solutions, such as raising sales and gas taxes, creating national and state infrastructure banks, establishing and extending user fees (such as tolls) and allowing public-private partnerships."
Awards and recognition:
• 2013 American Road and Transportation Builders Association ARTBA Award, the association's highest honor
• 2005 American Road and Transportation Builders Association Mobilize Leadership Award
• Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Manhattan College