A group of 68 infrastructure advocacy groups, including state transportation agencies, recently mailed Congress a letter urging them to pass a reauthorization of the Highway Trust Fund road and transit programs this year.
"America's transportation infrastructure network is the foundation on which the nation's economy functions," the letter said. "American manufacturers, industries and businesses depend on this complex system to move people, products and services every day of the year. It is also a direct contributor to enhanced personal mobility and quality of life for all Americans."
which is comprised of engineering, construction, safety, trucking, major
freight shipper organizations and tourism organizations, as well as
transit and highway-focused groups, calls for a six-year reauthorization
of the programs.
"The U.S. economy and all Americans require a surface transportation infrastructure network that can keep pace with growing demands," the letter said. “A six-year federal commitment to prioritize and invest in our aging infrastructure and safety needs is essential to achieve this goal."
The letter emphasizes the need for long-term economic growth.
“Temporary program extensions and eight years of recurring Highway Trust Fund revenue crises do not provide a path to future economic growth, jobs and increased competitiveness,” the letter said. “We urge you to end this cycle of uncertainty by advocating and voting for a six-year surface transportation program reauthorization bill during 2015."