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.

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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 But outdated, inefficient and deteriorating travel infrastructure has the opposite effect, limiting commercial and personal mobility, restricting access to economic regions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

Travel Trends Index

Travel Trends Index: International Inbound Travel to Contract Over Next Six Months

February 13, 2020

Travel to and within the United States grew 2.4% year over year in December, marking the industry’s 10th consecutive year of expansion, according to the U.S. Travel Association’s latest Travel Trends Index (TTI).

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Friday Check-In

Friday Check-In | February 7, 2020

February 07, 2020

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll provide an update on the Coronavirus, take a look back at the State of the Travel Industry address, and discuss movement on improving America's infrastructure...

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U.S. Travel Welcomes Bipartisan Focus on Infrastructure Investment

January 29, 2020

U.S. Travel Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s newly released policy platforms:

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