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Transportation & Infrastructure

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 8:00pm

America's transportation and infrastructure system, once a marvel of the modern world, has been stretched beyond its capacity and has fallen into disrepair. A decaying transportation system costs our economy more than $78 billion annually in lost time and fuel. The Chamber advocates for a comprehensive approach to solving the nation's looming transportation infrastructure crisis. Specifically, the Chamber believes that a multi-modal and intermodal vision must increase capacity, reduce congestion, and improve the efficient, safe, sustainable movement of goods and people throughout the country and world.

Congress and the administration have a full slate of critical transportation legislation to address, which provides an opportunity to bolster the United States' economic health and Americans' quality of life by maintaining, modernizing, and expanding the nation's transportation networks.

As Congress and the administration take steps to improve U.S. transportation infrastructure, the Chamber recommends:

  • Supporting a multimodal and intermodal U.S. transportation system to enhance connectivity, increase productivity, and mitigate congestion.
  • Identifying transportation assets in the national interests and ensuring that they are modernized and kept in good condition to provide adequate capacity.
  • Encouraging research, development, and the application of new technologies to foster better project design, construction, maintenance, financing, and operations.
  • Ensuring that public funding is spent efficiently and effectively and is commensurate with national needs.
  • Considering all funding and financing options and ensuring that the costs are borne primarily by users of the system.
  • Reinvesting transportation taxes, revenues, and other user fees into the system and its services.
  • Encouraging project financing and delivery approaches that attract private investment.
  • Improving and making consistent the project review and approval process for all modal investments to ensure that the completion of improvements to the U.S. transportation system are finished in a timely and environmentally sound manner.
  • Ensuring a comprehensive, results-oriented approach to safety by developing national goals, performance metrics, complementary plans, and incentives for applying best practices.

The Chamber is in a unique position to demonstrate the fundamental link between the maintenance and improvement of our nation's transportation infrastructure and the health of our economy. More importantly, the Chamber is taking that message to key policymakers on Capitol Hill and the public. We will continue mobilize our grassroots network to ensure the business community is an active participant in the coming debates on the transportation infrastructure crisis and leads the way to comprehensive solutions. Click the links below to learn more about the prominent legislative issues in which the Chamber is actively engaged:

As Congress and the administration take steps to improve U.S. transportation infrastructure, the Chamber recommends:

  • Supporting a multimodal and intermodal U.S. transportation system to enhance connectivity, increase productivity, and mitigate congestion.
  • Identifying transportation assets in the national interests and ensuring that they are modernized and kept in good condition to provide adequate capacity.
  • Encouraging research, development, and the application of new technologies to foster better project design, construction, maintenance, financing, and operations.
  • Ensuring that public funding is spent efficiently and effectively and is commensurate with national needs.
  • Considering all funding and financing options and ensuring that the costs are borne primarily by users of the system.
  • Reinvesting transportation taxes, revenues, and other user fees into the system and its services.
  • Encouraging project financing and delivery approaches that attract private investment.
  • Improving and making consistent the project review and approval process for all modal investments to ensure that the completion of improvements to the U.S. transportation system are finished in a timely and environmentally sound manner.
  • Ensuring a comprehensive, results-oriented approach to safety by developing national goals, performance metrics, complementary plans, and incentives for applying best practices.