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

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

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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

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Above the FoldSep 23, 2019 - 10:00am
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Above the FoldMay 14, 2019 - 1:00pm
Contractors work on a highway ramp under construction in Alexandria, VA.

American Infrastructure: The Cost of Inaction

Every wasted hour in traffic means delayed deliveries to customers or money that could be invested in creating jobs.

Above the FoldMay 13, 2019 - 12:30pm

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Above the FoldApr 09, 2019 - 1:30pm
Small Business Infrastructure Reform

Small Business Owners Bear Brunt of Costs from Deteriorating Infrastructure

“Why aren’t we as a country investing in the maintenance and preservation of our existing infrastructure?”

Above the FoldMar 13, 2019 - 5:00pm
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao speaks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2019 Aviation Summit.

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Above the FoldFeb 06, 2019 - 1:00pm
Don Duvall (left), Jim Jalbert (center left), and James Strange (center right) discuss infrastructure improvements at America's Infrastructure: Time to Invest.

Businesses Make the Case for Infrastructure Investment

Deteriorating infrastructure hurts companies' bottom lines.

Above the FoldDec 07, 2018 - 9:30am
A 'Sale' sign at a Sears store in Jersey City, NJ.

Ignoring the Price of Our Mistakes

155,000 jobs were created in November. The unemployment rate is 3.7%.