Popular in Course
verified elite notetaker
Popular in Business
This 2 page Document was uploaded by an elite notetaker on Monday December 21, 2015. The Document belongs to a course at a university taught by a professor in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 8 views.
Reviews for Truck-Driving-Jobs-Push-Importance-of-Infrastructure-Spending
Report this Material
What is Karma?
Karma is the currency of StudySoup.
You can buy or earn more Karma at anytime and redeem it for class notes, study guides, flashcards, and more!
Date Created: 12/21/15
Truck Driving Jobs Push Importance of Infrastructure Spending Many Americans are not sure how much money we personally pay every month to maintain and improve the roads, bridges and public transit we use, and trucking jobs know this information full well. But 75 to 80 percent of us say having safe, efficient and well-maintained transportation infrastructure is at least, if not more, important to our personal livelihood and well-being than good cable, cell phone, internet, water, sewage and household electricity and natural gas services. Those are key findings of a first-ever national poll conducted to see how valuable Americans think our road and transit network is to the nation, our everyday life, and relative to other modern necessities we routinely rely upon. The poll found we place a high value on good roads and public transit because: 1) 8-in-10 of us (78 percent) say driving a motor vehicle is “very” or “extremely” important to our ability to conduct our daily lives. Twenty-one percent (including 34 percent of low income respondents) say the same about using public transportation. 2) Nearly 9-in-10 (88 percent) say transportation infrastructure is important to maintaining a strong U.S. economy. 3) 83 percent say our transportation network is important in ensuring national defense and emergency response capabilities. 4) No matter where we live – whether rural or urban – 71 percent of us agree that growing traffic congestion in U.S. metropolitan areas is making products we buy everywhere more expensive because congestion increases transportation costs for businesses. Not surprisingly, given the importance we place on transportation assets, 74 percent of us agree “investing in transportation infrastructure should be a core function of the federal government.” But here’s the disconnect that explains why many of us are suffering from traffic congestion and the outcomes from less than optimal system upkeep, affecting truck driving jobs. The poll revealed that many of us probably have no idea how much we are paying each month in the state and federal gas taxes that are the primary source of funding for road and transit capital investments. There is a disconnect between our perceived value of transportation mobility and our personal investment in the infrastructure that provides it. Americans and our elected representatives can’t simply wish for a 21 century transportation network. We have to pay for it. This research helps bring the transportation investment conversation down to the kitchen table level, rather than talking about trillion dollar needs. If system beneficiaries investing in transportation infrastructure in line with what we routinely pay monthly for other necessary services, we would see reduced transportation costs for business, faster commutes, and safer, smarter, more durable roads, bridges and transit, keeping truck driving jobs as safe and accessible as they should be.
Are you sure you want to buy this material for
You're already Subscribed!
Looks like you've already subscribed to StudySoup, you won't need to purchase another subscription to get this material. To access this material simply click 'View Full Document'