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Statement on Shailen Bhatt’s Nomination as Federal Highway Administrator from the IBTTA Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to President Biden’s announcement of his intent to nominate Shailen Bhatt as Federal Highway Administrator, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), the worldwide association for the owners and operators of toll facilities and the businesses that serve them, offered the following reaction.

“IBTTA commends the nomination of Shailen Bhatt as Federal Highway Administrator,” said Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Transportation and 2022 IBTTA President. “The breadth of experience he brings to the role as the former leader of two state Departments of Transportation, CEO of ITS America, and senior vice president at AECOM will strengthen our nation’s highway system.” 

Patrick Jones, Executive Director and CEO of IBTTA said, “It’s vital we have an FHWA administrator, such as Bhatt, who understands the important role that tolling plays in advancing modern and safe transportation infrastructure and building and maintaining roads, bridges, and tunnels. IBTTA looks forward to our continued partnership with the Federal Highway Administration on critical transportation issues.”

In March 2022, Jones interviewed Bhatt one-on-one for IBTTA’s weekly webinar series, Café IBTTA.  Bhatt talked about the genesis of his career in transportation and the importance of making decisions by keeping in mind the people who rely on and are affected by those decisions. You can watch the entire interview here

To speak with Patrick Jones, please contact Jennifer Walsh at [email protected] or 202.599.5474 or visit www.ibtta.org.

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The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) is the worldwide association for the owners and operators of toll facilities and the businesses that serve them. Founded in 1932, IBTTA has members in more than 20 countries on six continents. Through advocacy, thought leadership and education, members are implementing state-of-the-art, innovative user-based transportation financing solutions to address the critical infrastructure challenges of the 21st century. For more information, visit www.ibtta.org or follow us on Twitter @IBTTA.