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. That bank account is running on empty and Congress needs to act soon to provide additional revenue for the HTF – an investment that is vital to the health of our nation’s economy. The U.S. House & Senate recently passed their bills but they now need to agree to a compromise by December 4th. #FixTheTrustFund is a call to action to solve this transportation problem today.
We are your parents, businesses, commuters, and consumers on a mission to make sure Congress finds a long-term solution to our nation’s roads, bridges, and transit systems. The deadline is this December. Now is the time for action!
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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:
42% of America’s major highways are congested
1 in 9 bridges in the U.S. are structurally deficient (requires significant maintenance and repair to remain in service)
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:
A gallon of gas cost:
A new car cost:
A loaf of bread:
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