Transportation Ballot Victories Are a Message to D.C. to Cement a New Infrastructure Bill

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In 1950, before the United States’ Interstate Highway System was built, the U.S. Census Bureau reported America’s population was 151.3 million. In 2020, that number is projected to be 341.4 million — an increase of more than 125 percent.

But you know what hasn’t kept pace with that growth? Sadly, America’s infrastructure.

Today, drivers spend weeks of their lives wasted in traffic. And the business and labor sectors, as well as communities throughout the nation, continue to ask federal leaders for a 21st-century transportation infrastructure vision.

Last week, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and its Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ (TIAC) tracked 305 state and local election ballot measures that dealt with raising revenue for transportation initiatives, reporting that voters approved nearly 90 percent of them.

ARTBA’s President Dave Bauer pointed to the ballot results as a “great reminder” that infrastructure investment is one of the few issues that can galvanize red and blue states and Democrats and Republicans.

In our latest podcast, ATM Executive Director Ed Mortimer, who is also Vice President of Transportation and Infrastructure for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, spoke about the ballot measures in the context of the increasingly urgent call to modernize the nation’s infrastructure and preserve regional and national connectivity, a strong economy, and a good quality of life and safety for all Americans.

Mortimer points out that localities and states are stepping up to grow transportation funding, but it’s time for federal leaders to do the same.

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