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Infrastructure – whether it involves the roads and bridges we travel on or the electricity and water we use – is the foundation of the United States economy. Without it, businesses would not be able to create and sell the goods we love, and we would be unable to commute to work and get from point to point. Infrastructure shapes every aspect of our modern lives.
But the fact is that America’s infrastructure is aging and in dire need of repairs. Just look outside your car window. Our interstate system is nearly 70 years old, and more than 61,000 bridges are labeled as deficient. In 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave U.S. infrastructure a D+ in its Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. And the United States keeps falling behind. The evidence is in clear sight.

Infrastructure – whether it involves the roads and bridges we travel on or the electricity and water we use – is the foundation of the United States economy. Without it, businesses would not be able to create and sell the goods we love, and we would be unable to commute to work and get from point to point. Infrastructure shapes every aspect of our modern lives.
But the fact is that America’s infrastructure is aging and in dire need of repairs. Just look outside your car window. Our interstate system is nearly 70 years old, and more than 61,000 bridges are labeled as deficient. In 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave U.S. infrastructure a D+ in its Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. And the United States keeps falling behind. The evidence is in clear sight.

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Let's Rebuild America

  1. 1. 7 REASONS TO INVEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE LET’S REBUILD AMERICA!
  2. 2. 1The economic competitiveness of U.S. transportation infrastructure is ranked number 12 (in 2005 we ranked number 1). Source: World Economic Forum, 2014
  3. 3. 2Traffic congestion cost U.S. drivers $121 billion in 2012 ($818 per commuter). Source: Urban Mobility Report
  4. 4. 3China is home to six of the world’s top 10 busiest ports (not one U.S. port is among the top 10). Source: Falling Apart and Falling Behind, BAF
  5. 5. 4For every 3 construction jobs created, 5 jobs are created in other sectors of the economy. Source: American Road and Transport Building Association (ARTBA)
  6. 6. 5If we fail to invest in infrastructure, by 2020 there will be a $3,100 per year drop in personal disposable income per household. Source: ASCE Failure to Act
  7. 7. 6Rolling blackouts and inefficiencies in the U.S. electrical grid cost an estimated $80 billion per year. Source: Building America’s Future Educational Fund
  8. 8. 7Over two years, every dollar spent on infrastructure construction produces roughly twice as much— $1.92—in direct and indirect economic output. Source: Associated Equipment Distributors
  9. 9. TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to restore the Highway Trust Fund!

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