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Falling Apart

America's Infrastructure In Need of Repair

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Policy Recommendations for a Long-Term Infrastructure Plan

Building America’s Future believes that a strong and vibrant infrastructure is essential to keeping America competitive, to improving our public safety and to enhancing the quality of life for every American.

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Gas Tax

24 states have passed gas tax increases since 2013.

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Building America's Future 2018 Vision

In order to get the country on the best path forward we need a strong vision and a long-term infrastructure strategy. Building America’s Future is optimistic about the possibilities, now and in the decades to come, and will continue to encourage visionary leadership that ensures America’s place as the world’s technological leader and preeminent global economic power.

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Building America's Future and US Travel Association Survey

On May 22, 2014, Building America's Future (BAF) and the US Travel Association (USTA) released the results of a survey of USTA members.  This survey shows that global competitiveness and economic and job growth are all severely imperiled by the United States’ collapsing transportation infrastructure.

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Falling Apart and Falling Behind

Falling Apart and Falling Behind lays out the economic challenges posed by our ailing infrastructure, provides a comparative look at the smart investments being made by our international competitors, and suggests a series of recommendations for Congress to begin to build on MAP-21 and craft new innovative transportation policies in the U.S

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Facts and Quotes

U.S. air traffic congestion has steadily increased over the last decade, with record levels of delays at our busiest airports.  The U.S. now has the world’s worst air traffic congestion: more than 1 in 5 flights departing our busiest airports are delayed, and 48% of delays in our 5 largest metropolitan areas are caused by our outdated aviation system. This problem will get worse in the future, as air travel is projected to double or even triple by 2025.
Public transit users save over $9,381 per year by using public transit instead of driving.
Transportation infrastructure is at or nearing capacity in many parts of the country and is expected to get worse.  Americans wasted 42 hours sitting in congestion in 2014 and wasted 3.1 billion gallons of fuel – equal to one full work week and three weeks’ worth of gas for every traveler. This is up from 16 hours in 1982. The total cost of congestion in 2014 was $160 billion or $960 in wasted time and fuel for every traveler.