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

Press ReleaseJan 09, 2020 - 10:00am

Donohue: States Regulating National Policy Issues ‘Presents Challenges and Uncertainties for Business’

U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue warned today in his State of American Business speech that an emerging patchwork of state regulations on national economic issues presents challenges and uncertainties for business.

Press ReleaseJan 09, 2020 - 10:00am

Donohue: 'Engaging with the world is our best strategy for strong national security and lasting prosperity'

Today U.S. Chamber CEO Thomas J. Donohue cautioned that the United States must continue to engage on the world stage or risk being left behind in his annual State of American Business Address.

SpeechJan 09, 2020 - 10:00am

2020 State of American Business Speech: A Year of Meaningful Action

U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue's remarks on the State of American Business as prepared for delivery on January 9, 2020.

ReportJan 09, 2020 - 9:30am
The 2020 State of American Business Policy Priorities Booklet Cover Image

U.S. Chamber Policy Priorities for 2020

This booklet is the guide to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's policy priorities for 2020. This booklet was released and referenced during the 2019 State of American Business on January 9th, 2020.

Press ReleaseDec 26, 2019 - 1:30pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on Remote ID Rulemaking

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Tim Day, senior vice president, U.S.

Letters to CongressNov 19, 2019 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Hearing, "Highly Automated Vehicles: Federal Perspectives on the Deployment of Safety Technology"

This Hill letter was sent to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation, on the hearing entitled, “Highly Automated Vehicles: Federal Perspectives on the Deployment of Safety Technology.”

Above the FoldNov 13, 2019 - 9:30am
e-scooters

Rise of E-Scooters Reinforces Need for U.S. Infrastructure Investment 

E-scooters are crucial to public transit as an alternative mode of transportation. But to keep them around, we need better infrastructure.

Above the FoldOct 31, 2019 - 12:15pm
Auto tariffs

Looming Auto Tariffs Threaten Deep Job Cuts in America’s Heartland

Here is a breakdown of the potentially detrimental effects of looming auto tariffs.

Letters to CongressOct 30, 2019 - 10:15am

U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 3055

This Hill letter was sent to the United States Senate, on H.R. 3055, the Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act of 2020.

Above the FoldSep 23, 2019 - 10:00am
Here's 5 Ways Businesses Can Stop Human Trafficking

4 Ways the Private Sector Can Fight Human Trafficking

Eradicating human trafficking may seem like a daunting goal to achieve, but small, simple acts of compassion can make an impact.