Members of Congress have spoken about prioritizing the United States’ transportation system, but we need to see these promises become reality. The state of America’s infrastructure is declining and other countries’ transportation networks are surpassing ours.
Please send this letter to Congress to help the Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition share that America needs reliable funding — with involvement from all levels of government (local, state and federal) and the private sector — to ensure that our transportation network is faster, better and safer.
Forty-four percent of America’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition. Driving on roads in need of repair costs U.S. motorists $130 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs — which is $599 per motorist, according to TRIP, a national transportation research group.
Additionally, 9 percent of America’s bridges are structurally deficient. Forty-five percent of America’s major urban Interstates experience congestion during peak hours, and traffic gridlock costs American motorists $170 billion a year in wasted time and fuel costs.
Our nation also needs investment in public transportation. Forty-five percent of Americans have no access to public transportation, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
The last federal surface-transportation legislative bill was passed in 2015 and will expire in 2020. If our elected officials do not establish ongoing revenue generators to modernize America’s transportation system, the Highway Trust Fund will run out of money and regional projects will be affected.
We are asking President Trump and Congress to work together to identify and implement long-term funding and financing solutions to safeguard America’s future.