Federal aim: maintain and improve efficiency in transportation
Speeches this week by Anthony Foxx, U.S. Transportation Secretary, and Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, at the annual “Washington Outlook” meeting organized by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, highlighted a new strategy focus by both President Obama’s administration and Congress on ways to make the U.S. transportation system more robust and efficient in the years ahead.
“The reality is many of our competitors are investing in deeper levels [of transportation spending] than we are,” noted Foxx. “China is spending twice as much related to their GDP [gross domestic product] as we are. If that continues year after year, we will find ourselves at disadvantage.”
He also stressed that U.S. transportation infrastructure system is deteriorating; a trend illustrated by the Deaprtment of Transportation's recent 2013 Status of the Nation's Highways, Bridges and Transit report and one that he said must be reversed quickly.