This piece originally appeared in Route Fifty.
Earlier this year, President Trump announced his administration’s plan to repair America’s infrastructure. For far too long, U.S. visitors and citizens alike have been forced to navigate growing highway congestion, airports ill-equipped to handle rising passenger traffic, aging railways and increasingly disconnected cities.
Our outdated, inefficient and deteriorating transportation systems are a drag on the economy, not to mention travelers’ sanity—especially when they’re sitting in bumper-to-bumper, rush-hour-level traffic, which is now the norm on many U.S. highways. What’s worse, many of the roads to America’s most heavily trafficked destinations, from beach cities like Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to major destinations like Las Vegas, are essentially starved of federal funding for needed infrastructure improvements, threatening the vitality of local economies and even posing serious public safety risks.