For the past four years, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) has provided stable funding for the nation’s investment in federal highways and public transportation. Unfortunately, when the FAST Act expires in October 2020, the Highway Trust Fund revenue shortfalls that plagued surface transportation investment and forced multiple short-term program extensions since 2008 will return. Due to an inability to address the need for a permanent, sustainable revenue stream for the Highway Trust Fund, Congress and previous administrations have shifted $143 billion from elsewhere in the federal budget to preserve highway funding. Without a real solution, America will again face either devastating cuts or more bailouts.
Please encourage your elected officials to support investment in our roads and bridges by sending a letter every week until we have an infrastructure bill signed by the president.
Congress has a narrow window to act before states will be forced to delay critical transportation projects due to the uncertainty about federal investments from the Highway Trust Fund.
Your senators, representatives, and President Trump need to hear that you expect them to pass legislation that increases total investment in infrastructure and permanently fixes the structural revenue deficits of the Highway Trust Fund.
TALKING POINT 1: We cannot wait until the last minute to address the Highway Trust Fund crisis. Past inaction has led to repeated last-minute, short-term patches that undermine states’ ability to make long-term transportation improvements.
TALKING POINT 2: Congress must stabilize and grow federal surface transportation investment. With stable funding comes better transportation network management, which in turn means smoother, safer roads for drivers, less traffic congestion, more jobs, and enhanced economic competitiveness.
TALKING POINT 3: If Congress does not act, the Highway Trust Fund will face annual revenue shortfalls of $18 billion once the FAST Act expires.
TALKING POINT 4: Congress must address this crisis soon before states begin to delay sorely needed infrastructure projects due to uncertainty about future federal funding.