America’s global competitiveness and economic growth are all severely imperiled by America’s collapsing transportation infrastructure. Investing in modern infrastructure will enable increased domestic and inbound international travel in the United States, bolster the economy, create jobs and improve our balance of trade.
U.S. transportation infrastructure is vital to the travel industry. More than 99 percent of all long-haul trips depend on our nation’s system of highways, airports and passenger rail. Unfortunately, the condition and performance of our nation’s transportation infrastructure threatens the long-term growth and competitiveness of the travel industry.
Congested highways discourage travel. Within 10 years, major interstate corridors will experience average daily congestion equal to Labor Day levels of traffic. According to a 2013 survey, 38 percent of travelers would avoid at least one-to-five trips per year if congestion grows at its current pace. If travelers avoided just one auto trip per year, the U.S. economy would lose $23 billion in spending that would directly support 208,000 American jobs.
Greater investment in highways, transit and passenger rail will support faster economic growth. Better highways, transit and passenger rail systems will improve efficient access to cities, hotels, attractions and other travel businesses.