Our nation’s transportation infrastructure—made up of roads, airports, highways, bridges, rail and more—enables people to travel and conduct commerce around the country and across the globe. This national network is also the U.S. travel industry’s most important asset.

Quick Facts

Modern, efficient travel infrastructure facilitates economic growth and competitiveness, improves our quality of life and strengthens our national security. But outdated, inefficient and deteriorating travel infrastructure has the opposite effect, limiting commercial and personal mobility, restricting access to economic regions and opportunities, and stifling growth.

Over the past several decades, our nation’s travel infrastructure has fallen into a state of disrepair. While countries around the globe modernize airports, expand and repair roadways, and improve passenger rail, the United States has neglected to adequately invest in its travel infrastructure. As a result, our national transportation network is unable to cope with current, much less future travel demand. While the rest of the world is speeding up, the United States is slowing down.

Research, News and Commentary on Infrastructure

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CBP to Consolidate Fees, Applications for Trusted Traveler Programs

November 22, 2019

Customs and Border Protection is planning a major move to streamline the application process of some of its trusted traveler programs.

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Research Round Up: Eight U.S. Airports Rank in the Top 25 Most Internationally Connected

October 30, 2019

Here are some of October 2019’s most compelling findings from the U.S. Travel research team.

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Brexit and Travel to the U.S.: An Exclusive Report

September 30, 2019

What are the effects of the U.K.'s exit from the European Union on the U.S. Travel Industry?

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