Investing in modern infrastructure will grow travel, create jobs and bolster the U.S. economy.

Quick Facts

Within the next five years, most major interstate corridors in the U.S. will experience Labor Day levels of traffic on a daily basis. In their current state, our highways, bridges and transit and passenger rail systems are not equipped to deal with this expected growth, which has the potential to deter travel within the U.S. costing the economy billions from last spending.  

U.S. Travel urges Congress and the administration to properly invest in in our roads, bridges and transit systems to improve efficient access to cities, hotels, attractions and other travel businesses—and grow American jobs. 

Recommendations

Prioritize investments that enhance commercial and personal mobility to and within the United States

Congress should ensure that discretionary grant programs provide specific consideration for projects that achieve the goals of the National Travel Infrastructure Strategy.

Ensure funding accounts for highly trafficked destinations and commercial centers

Funding should account for national and regional traveler data in the development of formula factors—not just census data, which does not take into account areas of the U.S. that receive large amounts of commercial and personal travel.

Embrace new and transformative transportation technologies

Congress should ensure that any new and expanded investments in transportation infrastructure award a portion of discretionary funds to support developments of new and innovative modes of transportation and infrastructure.

Research, News and Commentary on Surface Infrastructure

Friday Check-In | July 27, 2018

July 27, 2018

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll provide updates from U.S. Travel’s summer Board of Director’s Meeting, discuss some recent policy activities in Congress and tell you what’s in store at our upcoming ESTO in Phoenix.

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DCH Congressional Meetings

Engaging With Your Lawmakers: It’s Worth the Effort Year-Round

April 19, 2017

Last month’s Destination Capitol Hill fly-in broke records—but the travel industry’s work engaging with lawmakers can’t stop there. 

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Research Round-Up: Travel Exports Regain Pre-9/11 Share, Plus What Inflation Levels Say About Future Economic Growth

March 03, 2017

Here’s a sampling of February 2017’s most compelling findings from the U.S. Travel research team.

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U.S. Travel Research Round-Up: Thanksgiving Travel Forecasts, Plus Tapering International Interest Pre-Election

November 18, 2016

Here’s a sampling of November 2016’s most compelling findings from the U.S. Travel research team.

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U.S. Travel Research Round-Up: Interest in American Travel Up, As Is American Consumer Confidence (For Now)

September 29, 2016

Here’s a sampling of September 2016’s most compelling findings from the U.S. Travel research team.

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U.S. Travel Research Round-Up: Consumer Confidence, Hotel Earnings and Transportation Trends

May 13, 2016

Here’s a sampling of some of April 2016’s compelling findings from the U.S. Travel research team.

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