The tagline of AASHTO’s “Nation at a Crossroads” infographic says it all: “Without a strong transportation network, America goes nowhere. Without federal investment, our system falls apart.”
This is clearly a call to action from one of the nation’s most influential transportation organizations, and it’s not meant to be taken lightly.
The infographic reveals a slew of alarming facts and predictions centered on the depletion of MAP-21 funding by the fall of 2014, in less than three months. If/when this happens, states will be responsible for 100% of transportation funding. Did you know that 45% of Americans don’t have access to transit? Did you know that 1 in 4 of our bridges is in need of significant repair? While states have come up with some viable funding mechanisms of their own, it’s clearly time for the Fed to step in and replenish this vital source of transportation funding.
AASHTO leaves us with the message, “Support the Highway Trust Fund. And help move our nation forward.” At the very least, let’s stop moving backward.