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A Guest Editorial
Stronger Infrastructure Moves America Ahead: Aging Roads And Bridges Nationwide Diminish Our Nation’s Productivity

Written by John Ruan III, Kristine Young, and Mary Vermeer Andringa

Stronger economic growth and more jobs are on every American’s list of resolutions as 2012 begins. But the question remains whether Congress will play a supporting role, or if it will choose to impede private-sector growth and job creation because of an intense partisan stalemate. If there were ever an issue ripe for breaking the jobs agenda gridlock, it’s transportation infrastructure investment.

Inarguably, our infrastructure has outlived its useful life. In the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s America wowed the world by building a vast interstate highway system. We were a model for progress and engineering magnificence. In the years since, we’ve moved from first in the world to middle of the pack.

The U.S. Chamber’s transportation performance index shows that a steady decline in how well our roads, rails, runways, and rivers serve business and the economy costs us nearly $1 trillion a year in lost economic growth. U.S. infrastructure has dropped precipitously from first place in the World Economic Forum’s 2005 economic competitiveness ranking to Number 15 today. The American Society of Engineers… [Read More]

 

A Blog Post
Blog: Highway Trust Fund 101: What You Need To Know

This post originally appeared on the American Society of Civil Engineers blog on April 24, 2014.

Author: Clark Barrineau, ASCE

The Highway Trust Fund is set to become insolvent this summer, creating exponential negative consequences for our economy. What? When? Why? Find out how it can be fixed and what you can do to help. [Read More]

 

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A Letter to the Editor

Most letters to the editor are written in reference to an article recently run by the newspaper. We recommend looking for articles that refer to local or regional transportation projects that are/will be supported in part by federal dollars or articles discussing funding issues for local or regional transportation investments.

 

To the Editor:

Your recent article, [INSERT TITLE], missed the mark/gets to the heart of why Washington needs to move a transportation bill this spring. [INSERT SPECIFIC ARGUMENT IN RELATION TO ARTICLE].

Addressing our transportation challenges is critical to economic growth and output. Clarity out of Washington on this front will immediately reinvigorate the ailing construction sector and create jobs in the near term. In the long term, a bill will get the United States on the road to growth by ensuring our transportation networks can competitively move exports and help seed local and regional economic development.

The federal government currently provides roughly half of highway and public transportation investments around the country. We need to maintain and grow these investments and rework federal policies so money is going to critical projects like [INSERT KEY LOCAL/REGIONAL PROJECT REFERENCE].

For months, leaders in Washington – both Republicans and Democrats – have repeatedly stated that a surface transportation bill is an important item for the jobs agenda. Senator/Congressman [INSERT NAME] has long been a leader on these issues. It’s time the rest of Congress join him/her, follow words with action, and make transportation job number one by sending this bill to the President.

Sincerely,
INSERT NAME /ORGANIZATION TITLE