With the U.S. ranked nearly last among high-income nations in annual traffic fatalities, new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reinforces the importance of roadway infrastructure improvements to enhancing safety.
Traffic congestion costs the trucking industry $50 billion a year, and hurts manufacturers, retailers and the economy as a whole. But the solution isn't adding tolls, it's raising fuel taxes.
Out of 280 initiatives in 34 states, voters cleared proposals in 23 states, providing $201 billion in backing.
Trucking industry won’t see election-sparked change as the 2016 election returns leave roughly 84 percent of current House Highways and Transit subcommittee are returning; Senate subcommittee remains intact.
Long-term and sustainable revenue sources are needed to plug a $740 billion infrastructure spending gap to fix crumbling roads and highways.
The trucking industry faces high stakes in Tuesday’s election, with all but one of the House Highways and Transit subcommittee seats up for grabs as well as a third of the Senate transportation subcommittee positions.
Following the lead of several other states, California launches its Road Charge pilot program in July to test whether it should fund road maintenance by charging drivers by mileage instead of fuel use.