The Honorable Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick
United States House of Representatives
2264 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-2215
Dear Representative Kilpatrick:
On behalf of [YOUR UNION NAME], I would like to inform you of our strong support for
House Resolution 3621 - the Safety, Accountability and Funding Efficiency for Transportation
(SAFE-T) Act of 2007, which requires state and local transportation agencies to prepare a cost-
benefit analysis prior to outsourcing transportation services.
Unfortunately, across the nation enormous problems -- delays in project delivery, cost overruns,
and reduced project safety and quality -- have been created in recent years when state and local
transportation agencies irresponsibly outsource design, construction management, oversight, and
inspection on transportation projects. High profile examples include Boston’s “Big Dig” (where
a concrete slab from a tunnel ceiling fell and killed a woman), Los Angeles’ Redline subway
(Hollywood Blvd. collapsed), the 8-805 Interchange in San Diego (10,000 defective welds on a
seismic retrofit), the Connecticut I-84 project (hundreds of drains that lead nowhere) and many
The passage of this bill or inclusion of these provisions in transportation appropriations measures
and the 2009 transportation reauthorization will ensure taxpayers receive safe, high quality
transportation services at the best possible price.
Thank you for you for introducing this important legislation. Please list [YOUR UNION
NAME] as a sponsor of the bill. Please call me at [YOUR PHONE #] if [YOUR UNION
NAME] members can assist your efforts in any way.