CONGRESS: It’s Time to Fix It

America’s transportation system serves as the backbone of our economy, connects our communities and provides access to the American Dream of opportunity for all.

We cannot afford to push dealing with our transportation infrastructure any further. It’s past time to Fix It.

1. Repair and rebuild aging infrastructure. Prioritize critical projects to repair crumbling roads and bridges.

  • 1 in 9 bridges in the U.S. is classified as “structurally deficient,” requiring significant repair or rebuilding. The next disaster is avoidable. (learn more)
  • Almost half of our highways are not in good condition according to state highway departments – the poor condition of our highways cost drivers on average $335 a year in additional vehicle repairs.
  • Congress should make federal highway funds more accountable and transparent, ensuring repair funds will be spent on repair projects so that the public knows roads and bridges are safe and well maintained.

2. Keep US dollars in the US: Maintaining and investing in infrastructure supports American manufacturing and creates American jobs.

  • American small businesses like United Streetcar LLC, run by US Manufacturing Council member Chandra Brown, are bringing manufacturing jobs back the U.S., leading the way for a new domestic industry. (learn more)
  • Eight in ten voters think transportation and infrastructure will boost local economies and create jobs, including 64% of Tea Party supporters and 66% of Republicans. (learn more)
  • University of Missouri researchers found that public transportation projects create the most jobs of any transportation investments. (learn more).
  • Congress should complete our transportation network and put Americans to work by expanding travel options through greater investment in public transportation, including buses, transit, vanpools in rural areas and intercity rail.

3. Make what we have work for us – safe and reliable options to get to work and school.

  • Small businesses need workers who can reliably get to work on time and customers who can safely and reliably get from point A to point B.
  • Fifty-nine percent of Americans believe that increasing transportation options is the best way to reduce traffic congestion
  • Voters want transportation infrastructure to yield “safer streets for our communities and children” —57% say this should be one of the top priorities. (learn more)
  • In the last 15 years, more than 76,000 Americans have been killed while crossing or walking along a street in their community. (learn more)
  • Congress should ensure that the next transportation bill help build a safe, balanced transportation system where kids can safely walk or bike to school, and all people of all abilities and income levels can safely get where they need to go.

 

Congress, it’s time to act.

For more information on policies to Fix It:
Nick Donohue
nick.donohue@t4america.org
202-995-5542, ext. 203

Media inquiries about the Fix It campaign:
David Goldberg
david.goldberg@t4america.org
202-412-7930

 

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