A majority of Americans believe maintaining transportation infrastructure is important for the nation, according to a national poll of 1,001 respondents commissioned by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). Seventy-four percent of participants believe that “investing in transportation infrastructure should be a core function of the federal government,” while 88 percent believe transportation infrastructure is important to maintaining a strong U.S. economy.
While the poll highlighted a belief that maintaining the transportation system is vital for the success of the nation, it also demonstrated a lack of knowledge of the cost of such maintenance. Forty percent of respondents did not know how much their household pays in gas taxes per month, while 24 percent believed they pay more than twice the 2011 national average of $46 per month.
Other findings include:
- 78 percent believe driving a motor vehicle is “very” or “extremely” important to the ability to conduct our daily lives; 21 percent say the same about using public transportation;
- 83 percent say our transportation network is important in ensuring national defense and emergency response capabilities; and
- 71 percent agree that growing traffic congestion in U.S. metropolitan areas is making products everywhere more expensive because congestion increases transportation costs for businesses
“This research helps bring the transportation investment conversation down to the kitchen table level, rather than talking about trillion dollar needs,” says Pete Ruane, president of ARTBA. “If system beneficiaries—the public and American businesses—invested 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.”