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 But outdated, inefficient and deteriorating travel infrastructure has the opposite effect, limiting commercial and personal mobility, restricting access to economic regions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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U.S. Travel Applauds Airlines’ Call for COVID-19 Testing Pilot Program

September 03, 2020

U.S. Travel's Tori Emerson Barnes issued a statement on the broader U.S. airline industry calling on the federal government to pilot a COVID-19 testing program for international flights.

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Travel Industry Outlines Relief Needs as Reopenings Falter

July 17, 2020

Amid a new round of coronavirus-related economic closures and fresh data that Americans are as wary as ever of traveling, the devastated U.S. travel industry on Friday submitted to Congress and the administration its policy requests for the next coronavirus relief package.

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Worst of Travel Jobs Catastrophe Will Hit in Next Six Weeks

March 18, 2020

Coronavirus will cost the U.S. travel sector 4.6 million jobs by the end of April, according to updated analysis released Wednesday by the U.S. Travel Association.

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