The American Trucking Association (ATA) is but the latest group to call on Congress to beef up highway funding to expand and repair existing infrastructure in order to improve the nation’s economic competitiveness in global markets.
“An efficient highway system is the key to a fluid global supply chain, which in turn is a fundamental element of a growing and prosperous economy,” said Tim Lynch, senior VP with ATA, in testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations subcommittee on transportation, housing and urban development, and related agencies. “(But) the U.S. has been living off the transportation infrastructure built by past generations,” he said. “Our failure to keep up with the demands imposed on these systems by population and economic growth has weakened the nation’s competitive position relative to other countries.”
Lynch added that America’s highway system connects all parts of the nation’s multimodal transportation logistics system including ocean and river ports and railroads, facilitating the movement of virtually all goods throughout the U.S. As a result, trucks to move 70% of U.S. freight tonnage today and are projected an even greater share in the future.
“Highways will continue to play a vital role in our nation’s supply chain,” he said. “However, the highway system no longer meets our nation’s demands.”
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