ATM Launches Interactive Map that Zeros In On Regional Transportation Challenges

Part of the focus of the Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition is examining and communicating the regional infrastructure needs, diminished investment, and project opportunities in different states.

This is because ongoing organic and grassroots content can resonate, build relationships, and inform people in ways in which paid-media blips may not.

The ATM’s website has a new interactive map through which visitors can click the yellow states and find stories, videos, or audio podcasts that touch on infrastructure issues in different areas. The Coalition has been publishing regional pieces, but now the map helps aggregate and make this locally focused content more easily accessible.

“It’s not enough for us to discuss and lobby for infrastructure investment and legislation,” says ATM Executive Director Ed Mortimer. “Coalitions like ours have to make the case for why and how forward-looking public policy and a strong federal role can help solve problems for the business and labor sectors and the traveling public. They rely on infrastructure in every single aspect of their operations and lives. We can’t avoid the problems that lagging transportation infrastructure is causing in real communities with real people looking for real solutions, and we need to share these scenarios.”

There has been an ongoing conversation in Washington, D.C., about the nation’s deteriorating transportation system and how to generate sustainable revenue sources. But more and more, we see the issue transcending D.C. The Coalition increasingly recognizes that varying voices — whether it’s a city official discussing a bad corridor in Michigan or a councilman discussing transit in Kansas City — will help define why America’s transportation infrastructure needs modernization, expansion, safety improvements, and increased funding.

For example, 45 percent of mayors believe infrastructure is the most significant issue related to cities that they hope gets discussed in the 2020 presidential election, according to the 2019 Menino Survey of Mayors (Boston University Initiative on Cities). This percentage was the most popular answer by 30 percentage points, followed by housing affordability (15 percent) and climate change (11 percent).

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Click on a yellow state for regional ATM content