WASHINGTON — A day after Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood stunned the transportation community by saying it is “highly unlikely” Congress will pass a long-term reauthorization bill to fund highway and transit programs this year, lawmakers and industry lobbyists vowed to keep pushing for such legislation despite considerable obstacles.

Speaking at a meeting of the Transportation Research Board here on Wednesday, LaHood doubted lawmakers would be able to pass the first multi-year bill funding the nation’s surface transportation system since the 2005 highway and transit authorization bill, known as SAFETEA-LU, expired on Sept. 30, 2009. 

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