Our elected leaders have spoken about prioritizing the United States’ transportation system, but we need to see these promises become reality.
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 United States needs new and sustainable revenue generators to modernize America’s transportation system or else the Highway Trust Fund will run out of money and regional projects will be affected. Ask President Trump and the new Congress to work together to pass long-term funding and financing solutions that will help safeguard a better tomorrow for America.
The ATM Coalition represents stakeholders and members of the public asking elected leaders for increased transportation investment. It is managed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.