The Highway Trust Fund (HTF) was set up in 1956 to build and maintain a nationwide transportation network. Today, the Federal Highway Fund 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 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:
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