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

SpeechJan 18, 2018 - 9:30am

America’s Infrastructure Summit: Time to Modernize

America’s Infrastructure Summit: Time to Modernize

Issue BriefJan 17, 2018 - 4:00pm

Modernizing America's Infrastructure Requires an Expanded Workforce

In order to modernize America's infrastructure, an expansion of the workforce is necessary. This issue brief explains the need, and includes recommendations on increasing the number of skilled workers.

Issue BriefJan 17, 2018 - 3:45pm

Modernizing America's Infrastructure Requires Public-Private Partnerships

Neither the government or the private sector can modernize America's infrastructure alone. This issue brief examines why public-private partnerships are integral to modernizing America's infrastructure.

Issue BriefJan 17, 2018 - 3:30pm

Modernizing America's Infrastructure Requires Streamlining the Permitting Process

This issue brief examines the tight correlation between modernizing America's infrastructure and streamlining the permitting process.

EventJan 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
Securing Sport Event Graphic

Securing Sport 2018: The Business of Protecting the Future of Sport

This exciting forum convened leaders and experts from the world of sport, security, technology, law enforcement, civil society and youth affairs to focus on the key issues affecting sport and which are now under a global spotlight.

SpeechJan 10, 2018 - 9:00am

2018 State of American Business Address

U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue's remarks on the State of American Business as prepared for delivery on January 10, 2018.

ArticleNov 02, 2017 - 11:45am

Preserve Competition in Airline Industry

The American business community knows what regulatory overreach looks like, and we know the effect it has on economic growth. In 1978, Congress approved and President Jimmy Carter signed legislation to deregulate the aviation industry. A few years later, Congress also agreed to deregulate the motor carrier and freight railroad industries.

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.