The U.S. Chamber of Commerceís Transportation Performance Index, which quantifies how well transportation systems are meeting the demands of the nation, shows that underperformance cost the U.S. economy almost $2 trillion over 2008-2009. Investing in transportation infrastructure will move us in a direction to mitigate this drain on the economy.
The fact is, poor roads negatively affect the lives of all Americans. Shortchanging our nationís infrastructure investment needs will cost all of us in lost time at work and with loved ones. For the millions of businesses in this nation that rely on our nationís infrastructure, the cost of dilapidated roads and bridges has the power to kill profits. For those Americans concerned with climate change, better roads offer real and tangible ways to reduce greenhouse gas levels in the United States. In other words, passing a new transportation bill is a win-win for both political parties and the American people. Congress and the president must now come together and get it done.
Former Democratic Rep. Tim Holden represented Pennsylvaniaís 17th District from 2003 to 2013 and the 6th District from 1993 to 2003. In the House, he served 16 years on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.