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

CommentMar 09, 2018 - 2:45pm

C_TEC Submits Comments to DOT following the Autonomous Vehicle Policy Summit

March 9, 2018 Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE West Building Ground Floor Room W12-140 Washington, DC 20590 In the matter of Automated Vehicle Policy Summit (DOT-OST-2018-0017) To Whom It May Concern:

TestimonyMar 07, 2018 - 9:45am

U.S. Chamber Testimony on Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America

U.S. Chamber Executive Director for Transportation Infrastructure Ed Mortimer's testimony to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit during a hearing, "Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Long-Term Funding for Highways and Transit Programs."

LetterMar 05, 2018 - 5:15pm

C_TEC Joins Industry Leaders Encouraging Passage of AV Start Act in Senate

On behalf of key stakeholders that represent a wide cross section of auto and motorcycle manufacturers, suppliers, repairers, technology and communications companies, mobility providers, state and city governments, safety and national security groups, consumers, seniors, and persons with disabilities, we write to express our strong support for the Senate to take up and pass the AV START Act (S. 1885) as soon as possible.

EventMar 01, 2018 - 7:00am to 6:00pm
2018 Aviation Summit: Further in Flight, March 1, 2018, Washington DC

2018 Aviation Summit: Further in Flight

The 2018 Aviation Summit brings together top leaders in business, aviation, and government to publicly discuss one of the most important industries in our economy.

EventFeb 20, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

C_TEC Roadshow - Jacksonville, FL

Autonomous vehicle (AV) technology is changing the way we move through cities. Join JAX Chamber and U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center (C_TEC) for a forum on the intersection of transportation and technology.

Above the FoldFeb 19, 2018 - 10:00am
2018 Aviation Summit: Further in Flight

What are the Biggest Issues Facing Aviation in 2018?

Top industry leaders will tackle these issues at the 2018 Aviation Summit.

Above the FoldJan 29, 2018 - 12:00pm
Donald Trump 2017 Special Address to Joint Session of Congress

What We’re Watching: State of the Union 2018

The U.S. Chamber will be listening intently to see what the administration aims to achieve this year.

Press ReleaseJan 18, 2018 - 11:30am

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue Outlines Four-Point Plan for Infrastructure Modernization, Investment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J.

Issue BriefJan 18, 2018 - 10:00am

Modernizing America’s Infrastructure Requires Adjusting the Federal Motor Vehicle User Fee

This issue brief examines the need to adjust the Federal Motor Vehicle User Fee, commonly referred to as the 'Gas Tax'. To rebuild and expand our roads, bridges, and transit systems, it is time for a modest increase in the federal motor vehicle fuel user fee.