Ahead of Monday’s expected announcement of the Trump administration infrastructure plan, the U.S. Travel Association has released four guiding principles and a set of public policy recommendations for reforming America’s transportation infrastructure and fueling economic growth through travel.
“America was once the global leader of transportation and infrastructure innovation, from the development of the Interstate Highway System to the first commercial flight,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “Modern, efficient travel infrastructure — including our roads, rails, highways, and airports — improves quality of life, the economy and national security. Outdated, inefficient and deteriorating infrastructure is a drag on our economy and way of life, and that’s what U.S. travelers have dealt with over several decades.”
Demand for travel to and within the U.S. — already a $2.3 trillion industry that supports 15.3 million American jobs — is growing, with corresponding potential to fuel an expansion of the U.S. economy and jobs base. However, chronic underinvestment in travel infrastructure has left the system woefully underequipped to meet that rising demand, putting at risk the tremendous economic benefits that would follow the full realization of that burgeoning travel demand.
U.S. Travel will work to ensure that priorities aimed at supporting travel are a central component of the coming discussion on national infrastructure fixes.
The priorities document identifies key, decades-long problems slowing down America’s ability to meet current and future travel demand, including growing highway congestion, inadequate airport infrastructure, outdated federal discretionary and formula funding structures, lack of connectivity, and mobility gaps.
U.S. Travel outlines the following four strategic principles to guide federal infrastructure policies and investments:
The document also includes specific policy recommendations for meeting these principles. They include:
The full text of “Building the Next Generation of Travel Infrastructure: Four Guiding Principles” is available here.