The continuing growth in consumer demand, spurred in part by the rise of e-commerce, will only strain already outdated infrastructure. Today over 122.5 million households and 7.5 million domestic businesses rely every day on the transportation system to obtain goods and that number is only projected to skyrocket in the coming years. Infrastructure designed to support fast, safe, and reliable shipping must be a top priority to build an economy geared for the future.
The recent release of the American Society of Civil Engineers infrastructure analysis painted a bleak picture of our nation’s transportation system, giving a nearly-failing D+ grade. The impact of a crumbling infrastructure is tangible. 2014 traffic delays estimated to cost over $160 billion in wasted time and fuel, and drivers spent more than 6.9 billion hours in traffic.
Chronic underinvestment and a lack of dedication to maintaining America's roads and bridges has at times put families in harm’s way, encouraged economic inefficiencies, and put undue stress on the environment. Infrastructure investment cannot be focused on simply filling potholes, but ensuring safety, efficiency, and sustainability across our infrastructure. Ultimately, the public and private sectors must work together to find sensible solutions that create greater trucking efficiency and stimulate long-term economic growth.
We, the undersigned, recognize the need to improve both the safety and efficiency of our transportation system to meeting the on-demand needs of the modern business and consumer. We call on the United States' Congress to pursue policies that modernize the delivery of products and consumer goods to businesses and consumers across the country.
The Modernize American Infrastructure petition to Congress was written by Americans For Modern Transportation and is in the category Miscellaneous at GoPetition.