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 CongressMar 02, 2021 - 5:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Nomination of Polly Trottenberg to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, supporting the Nomination of Polly Trottenberg to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.

Letters to CongressMar 02, 2021 - 11:15am

Coalition Letter on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Permit Streamlining

This Coalition letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) permits.

EventFeb 23, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
2.23.21 Common Grounds

Common Grounds: Spotlight on Infrastructure and Transportation

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a bipartisan conversation with Rep. Seth Moulton and Rep. Rodney Davis.

Letters to CongressFeb 17, 2021 - 9:30am

Coalition Letter on the Build by the Fourth of July Campaign

This Coalition letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, on the Chamber's and the Bipartisan Policy Center's joint campaign to "Build by the Fourth of July" and encourage the passage of infrastructure legislation.

Letters to CongressJan 21, 2021 - 8:30am

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Nomination of Pete Buttigieg to be Secretary of Transportation

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, on the Nomination of Pete Buttigieg to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

SpeechJan 12, 2021 - 12:00pm

2021 State of American Business Address: “Rally for Recovery”

In the face of significant challenges, including a global pandemic and an economic crisis, businesses have adapted to survive ... they have served their communities, and this country ... and they have put forward life-saving, world-changing solutions.

Letters to CongressDec 07, 2020 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Water Resources Development Act of 2020

This Hill letter was sent to Congressional leadership on S. 1811, the "Water Resources Development Act of 2020."

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.