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

Above the FoldFeb 06, 2019 - 1:00pm
Don Duvall (left), Jim Jalbert (center left), and James Strange (center right) discuss infrastructure improvements at America's Infrastructure: Time to Invest.

Businesses Make the Case for Infrastructure Investment

Deteriorating infrastructure hurts companies' bottom lines.

Press ReleaseFeb 05, 2019 - 2:30pm

U.S. Chamber's Donohue Urges Congress to Find Bipartisan Path on Infrastructure Reform

U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue opened the U.S. Chamber’s annual infrastructure summit today by outlining the clear need for infrastructure modernization and calling on Congress to seek a bipartisan way forward on the issue.

EventFeb 05, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:30pm
Infrastructure Summit

America's Infrastructure: Time to Invest

Join the U.S. Chamber on February 5, 2019, as we convene business leaders, policy makers, investors, innovators, developers, workforce leaders and other experts to discuss the modernization of America’s infrastructure.

Above the FoldDec 07, 2018 - 9:30am
A 'Sale' sign at a Sears store in Jersey City, NJ.

Ignoring the Price of Our Mistakes

155,000 jobs were created in November. The unemployment rate is 3.7%.

CommentDec 03, 2018 - 4:30pm

C_TEC Submits Comments to DOT on Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0

Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0 (Docket No. DOT-OST-2018-0149) (“AV 3.0”).

Press ReleaseOct 03, 2018 - 1:00pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on Passage of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President for Transportation and Infrastructure Ed Mortimer issued the following statement today regarding the passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act:

Above the FoldOct 03, 2018 - 11:30am
Newark International Airport control tower.

How Not to Pay to Modernize America’s Transportation Infrastructure

Forcing aviation users to pay for the Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation (PATH) railway is not the right approach.

LetterSep 25, 2018 - 3:15pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce - H.R. 302, Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018

The letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives supporting H.R. 302, the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018.

EventMay 24, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Export to Eurasia: Opening New Markets

This workshop will focus on international business opportunities for Alabama companies. Export managers, sales teams, business development decision makers, as well as entrepreneurs considering Russian market entry are encouraged to attend.

EventMay 18, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm

Trans-Caspian Forum

This forum brings together officials and businesses from the trans-Caspian region at the ministerial level for panel discussions with the private sector. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss business, trade, and investment in Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.