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Transportation

America has always been a nation on the move. But an aging and crumbling transportation system is not only slowing Americans down, it’s reducing productivity, undermining our ability to move products across the country and around the world, and increasing congestion and air pollution.

Our transportation system is a tremendous national asset we’ve built up over generations. It has fueled economic growth, enhanced our competitiveness, and created a lot of good jobs. If well-maintained, it can continue to deliver outstanding benefits to all Americans.

America’s transportation system is badly in need of investment. But how do we pay for it?

The simplest, most effective short-term solution is to increase the gas tax, which hasn’t been raised since 1993, even as people drive less and cars become more fuel efficient. And what better time for a small, phased-in increase then when gas prices are tumbling at the pump? It’s a good investment for America, its citizens, and its businesses.
 
But Americans have every right to insist that any increase comes with guarantees that the money will be spent for its intended purposes, spent wisely on genuine priority projects, and will result in an improvement to our quality of life.

Taxpayers shouldn’t have to bear the entire burden—we need to remove barriers that prevent us from leveraging up to $250 billion in private capital for transportation projects.
 
Adequate funding is only one of the Chamber’s transportation priorities. We also support:

  • A strong federal role in transportation so that our national system remains cohesive and interconnected.
  • Permit streamlining so transportation projects can get off the ground more quickly, are completed in a timely manner, and keep costs low.
  • More public-private partnerships that ease the strain on federal and state budgets and free up public money for projects that can’t attract private investment.

Recent Activity

LetterSep 06, 2017 - 10:30am

US Chamber Pens Letter to House in Support of Self Driving Car Legislation on Floor Today

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports H.R. 3388, the “SELF DRIVE Act,” which would clarify the federal role in regulating autonomous vehicles, preventing a patchwork of state regulations by providing for federal preemption and giving the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rulemaking authority.

Above the FoldAug 21, 2017 - 9:00am
Honolulu, HI, USA - June 1, 2017: Airplane of Hawaiian Airlines: Airplane of Hawaiian Airlines stops in Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

Looking Toward the Future of Air Cargo

While air cargo represents less than 1% of global trade in terms of volume, it accounts for 35% in value

Above the FoldAug 02, 2017 - 2:00pm
Ed Mortimer InsideSources Op-ed

Standing Firm on Infrastructure

Ed Mortimer's op-ed for InsideSources reinforces the Chamber's commitment to saving U.S. infrastructure.

Op EdJul 31, 2017 - 5:00pm

InsideSources Op-ed: Point: More Private Investment Can Help Us Tackle Our Nation’s Growing Infrastructure Deficit

America’s infrastructure is aging and in dire need of modernization. The American Society of Civil Engineers, in its latest Infrastructure Report Card, graded the condition of our nation’s infrastructure as a D-plus overall. The report also estimated that government needs to invest $2 trillion over current spending levels for the next 10 years to modernize the system.

Above the FoldJun 27, 2017 - 3:00pm

Using Emojis: Why Our Roads, Highways and Bridges are Crumbling

Our nation’s roads, bridges and highways are crumbling. Here - with a little help from emojis - is how to fix them.

TestimonyJun 27, 2017 - 1:00am

TESTIMONY & VIDEO: C_TEC SVP Tim Day Testifies on Self-Driving Vehicles before the House Energy & Commerce Committee

Today, the U.S. Chamber is releasing a new survey conducted by Morning Consult showing that voters support the use of self-driving vehicles and prefer a unified federal standard to govern their use. Tim Day, senior vice president of Chamber Technology Engagement Center (C_TEC), discussed the survey results today during his testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection in support of self-driving vehicle legislation.

LetterJun 26, 2017 - 5:30pm

H.R. 2997, the "21st Century AIRR Act"

This letter was sent to members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in regard to H.R. 2997, the “21st Century AIRR Act."

Above the FoldMay 26, 2017 - 1:30pm
An SUV tows a boat on the freeway in Los Angeles, California.

This is the Busiest Memorial Day Travel Weekend in 12 Years

39 million people are expected to travel, either by road or by air.

Above the FoldMay 22, 2017 - 10:45am
May 18, 2017 - Washington, DC, USA: U.S. Invest In America Summit, featuring Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin. With Tom Donohue, and Myron Brilliant.    Photo by Joshua Roberts / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Just Another Week At the Chamber…

VP Pence and more.

Press ReleaseMay 17, 2017 - 3:30pm

U.S. Chamber Hosts Fifth Annual Global Supply Chain Summit

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today hosted the Fifth Annual Global Supply Chain Summit, Building Tomorrow's Networks Today, which brought together industry leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss issues influencing supply chains now and into the future. The summit, which took place during National Infrastructure Week, showcased the importance of technology and innovation to supporting supply chain efficiency, improving access to global markets for small and medium-size businesses, and driving economic competitiveness for all U.S. businesses.