On April 3, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) announced a two-phase campaign aimed at urging Congress to act on long-term infrastructure funding.
- The first phase started with a digital ad campaign and 60-second television commercial that will run in Washington, D.C. television markets as well as national Sunday shows. The phase also features the launch of the website: RoadtoaBetterFuture.com
- The second phase of the campaign will target congressional districts of members of the House Ways & Means and Transportation & Infrastructure Committees as well as major congestion bottleneck regions including Atlanta, New Jersey and Houston.
According to ATA, the average American spends 42 hours annually sitting in traffic resulting in $1,600 in wasted gas during long commute times and damage to vehicles as a result of poor roads. While trucks make up only 4 percent of all vehicles on the road, the trucking industry loses $74.5 billion per year due to congestion and damage from poor roads, both factors that contribute to emissions and higher prices for consumer goods.
In the absence of meaningful federal infrastructure funding, 23 states have raised fuel taxes, generating only a fraction of what is needed to upgrade infrastructure, particularly in rural states that don’t have the capacity to raise revenue.
SOURCE: overdriveonline.com, 4/3/19