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

Letters to CongressJul 27, 2020 - 1:45pm

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Alert! on H.R. 7575, "Water Resources Development Act of 2020"

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, supporting H.R. 7575, the "Water Resources Development Act of 2020."

Press ReleaseJul 15, 2020 - 2:45pm

U.S. Chamber CEO Tom Donohue Applauds NEPA Updates

U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue issued the following statement today applauding updates from the White House Council on Environmental Quality that modernize the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a vital federal environmental law that has not seen major updates since it was adopted in 1970:

Letters to CongressJul 15, 2020 - 9:00am

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Water Resources Development Act

This Hill letter was sent to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, on the Water Resources Development Act of 2020.

Letters to CongressJul 13, 2020 - 9:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter on FY21 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations

This Hill letter was sent to the House Committee on Appropriations, on FY21 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations.

Above the FoldJul 02, 2020 - 9:00am
Autonomous Vehicle

How AV Technology is Driving Solutions During COVID-19

Automated Vehicle technology is enabling innovative contactless solutions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Letters to CongressJun 16, 2020 - 1:45pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 2, the INVEST in America Act

This letter was sent to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, on H.R. 2, the "INVEST in America Act."

Press ReleaseMay 14, 2020 - 3:15pm

U.S. Chamber Applauds DOT’s Changes to Hours of Service Rules, Providing Needed Flexibility and Safety to Trucking Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Transportation and Infrastructure Ed Mortimer issued the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a final rule updating the hours of service rules:

Letters to CongressMay 14, 2020 - 10:15am

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Registered Traveler Modernization Act

This Hill letter was sent to Senators Krysten Sinema and Dan Sullivan, thanking them for introducing the Registered Traveler Modernization Act.

Above the FoldApr 09, 2020 - 11:45am
Gig economy companies stepping up

How Gig Economy Companies are Stepping Up to Help Americans Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting stay-at-home orders and national economic downturn, our nation’s gig economy companies have become a fundamentally essential part of many Americans’ daily lives – and an economic lifeline for many others.

Above the FoldMar 09, 2020 - 9:00am
Stan Deal (right), President and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and Executive Vice President, the Boeing Company, chatted with U.S. Chamber CEO Tom Donohue at the 2020 Aviation Summit.

Aviation Soars to New Heights

Air travel is such a common part of daily life that it can seem mundane. But the truth is that aviation is a vibrant, innovative industry set to reach even greater heights.