The Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition works with businesses, labor and regions and organizations throughout the country, as well as members of Congress and their staffs and the Administration, to advocate and communicate the United States’ pressing infrastructure and transportation needs. Among its efforts, ATM helps define the critical role of federal funding and financing policies, and the importance of local and state involvement.
Its initiatives include networking, lobbying, grassroots education and mobilization, and policy outreach.
While 2015 saw the first bipartisan surface-transportation legislation in 10 years enacted by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama, experts anticipate a looming $2 trillion infrastructure shortfall, which includes investments for surface transportation.
Historically, America’s transportation system has been funded through the Highway Trust Fund via a gas tax; however, the gas tax has not been raised since 1993 and funding levels have not been consistent or kept pace with the need for new projects, repairs and upgrades. This has led to a declining network and a funding gap that continues to affect Americans.
“The American Society of Civil Engineers continues to sound the alarm in report cards that give near-failing grades in multiple categories to our country’s transportation system and recent funding commitments,” says Ed Mortimer, Executive Director of ATM and a Vice President with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “ASCE reports that the cost of deteriorating infrastructure is impacting American families and impacting the quality and quantity of jobs in the U.S. economy. From 2016 to 2025, for example, each household will lose $3,400 each year in disposable income due to infrastructure deficiencies.”
Because of issues such as these, ATM works on an ongoing basis to promote that the nation’s transportation system needs to be faster, better and safer, and that long-term funding and viable financing alternatives must be the hallmark of the United States’ commitment to better infrastructure. This means not only funding on the local, state and federal levels, but also encouraging private-sector investment to help improve the national transportation system.
We invite you to join the ATM in its efforts to ensure a growing, multimodal, modern and well-functioning U.S. transportation network.