The Highway Trust Fund (HTF) was set up in 1956 to build and maintain a nationwide transportation network. Today, it is the national bank account for roads, bridges and transit that reimburses states for eligible projects completed. However, the HTF is now spending more money annually than it is taking in, because lawmakers have failed to provide an adequate, sustainable funding source.

While a new recent transportation law, the FAST Act, provides five-years of increased federal funding for roads, bridges and transit systems, Congress refused to provide a long-term solution to this fiscal crisis. Now is the time to fix the Federal Highway Trust Fund!

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America’s Infrastructure Needs Help

America’s civil engineers show we are not making the grades when it comes to our surface transportation system:

Roads

D

42% of America’s major highways are congested

Bridges

C Plus

1 in 9 bridges in the U.S. are structurally deficient (requires significant maintenance and repair to remain in service)

Transit

D

45% of American households lack access to transit

We Are Investing At a Rate That’s Over 20 Years Old!

The HTF, which pays for improvements and construction of roads, bridges, and transit systems, is funded by the federal gasoline tax, currently 18.4 cents a gallon. The tax has not been raised since 1993, and the revenues have not kept pace with system needs. While the price of every other household good—like bread, milk, or a new car—has nearly doubled in price, as a nation we are trying to pay for 2015 transportation using 1993 dollars.


The federal tax on a gallon of gas:

1993
$0.184
2015
$0.184

A gallon of gas cost:

1993
$1.12
2015
$2.65

A new car cost:

1993
$12,750
2015
$30,748


A loaf of bread:

1993
$0.75
2015
$1.38

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