WASHINGTON, D.C. — Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) launched the Committee’s new website at http://transport.house.gov in an ongoing effort to enhance communications and connect with colleagues and the American people about his initiatives, plans, and goals for strengthening U.S. infrastructure. The new website features a simple, user-friendly interface, and continues the Committee’s rebranding, incorporating the use of “transport” in an identifiable new logo and across media platforms.
Under Shuster’s leadership, the Committee has significantly expanded its use of social media and digital platforms to amplify its message that modern, efficient infrastructure — coupled with strong programmatic reform — provides a sound foundation for U.S. economic competitiveness, growth, and prosperity. Shuster has also grown the Committee’s social media presence, including Facebook and Twitter, where he hosted a Twitter Townhall to answer questions about one of his major legislative priorities, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).
In addition, Shuster is increasing the use of video as a communications tool. He has narrated a whiteboard video aimed at illustrating the fundamental importance of WRRDA, regardless of a viewer’s level of familiarity with the issue. He also released a video about his experience with developmental driverless vehicle technology, and plans to continue producing videos to support future legislative initiatives and key issues.
The Committee is now utilizing YouTube to stream its hearings, meetings, and events, and producing infographics to help educate Members of Congress and the public about key legislation.
“Effectively communicating our message is essential to ensuring a strong and vital transportation network, especially given the challenges of punching through the constant flow of news and information today,” Shuster said. “Transportation and infrastructure impact our everyday lives, and often in ways that we don’t necessarily think about while we’re getting ready for work, getting the kids off to school, or getting supper on the table. I want to be sure that we’re communicating that importance to everyone, whether they live and work in Washington, DC or back home in our districts across the country.”