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Infrastructure, the Election and Thanksgiving Travel

By Kerry O'Hare, Vice President and Director of Policy, Building America's Future

November 18, 2016

The biggest winner on election day was infrastructure.  Throughout the presidential election campaign, candidate Donald Trump made frequent mention of the deteriorated state of the nation’s roads, bridges, tunnels, rails and airports. And in his victory speech in the wee hours of November 9, the new President-elect said: “We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none.  And we’re going to put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it.”  At Building America’s Future, we congratulate President-elect Trump on his victory and stand ready to work with his administration and the new Congress on a long-term infrastructure plan that will keep us economically competitive and enhance the quality of life for all Americans. 

At the state and local levels voters in many communities across the country continued the trend of supporting local transportation and infrastructure ballot initiatives that sought to increase revenue.  According to the Center for Transportation Excellence, 69 percent of the ballot initiatives this year succeeded. Among the victories include the approval of $120 billion for transit improvements and rail expansions in Los Angeles, $54 billion for rail extensions in Seattle, and $2.5 billion to expand transit services in the Atlanta area.  And in Illinois, voters approved an amendment to the state’s constitution to set aside all transportation revenues for transportation-only programs and projects.

With one of the biggest holiday travel days of the year right around the corner, Building America’s Future reminds you to download and use our free mobile app I’m Stuck when you hit the road, rails or airways for Thanksgiving.  With 43.5 million cars expected to hit the roadways, 27.3 million passengers in the friendly skies and 751,066 passengers looking to take a ride on Amtrak, one thing is certain – you are likely to encounter delays and traffic jams.  Instead of stewing in frustration in traffic or on the tarmac, use I’m Stuck to send an e-mail to your Senators and Congressman. Let them know you are fed up and want action on a long-term transportation bill. 

Here’s to a happy and safe Thanksgiving travel experience to all.