Building the Foundation for MAP-21 Reauthorization
With MAP-21 expiring at the end of September, the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee met Tuesday to begin discussions around reauthorization of the federal highway, public transit and surface transportation programs. In his opening remarks to the committee, Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) discussed the importance of transportation to many aspects of life, including business:
“Transportation is important – how people get to work, get their children to school, go to stores to buy food, clothing and other necessities, and how they visit family and friends.It’s also about business. Transportation is a critical part of how the supply chain functions, how raw materials get to factories, how finished products get to markets, and how food gets from farms to our kitchens. It allows American businesses to be competitive in the global marketplace and for our economy to prosper and grow.” Read Rep. Shuster’s full remarks.
The North Carolina Chamber shares this outlook on the inextricable link between infrastructure and North Carolina’s ability to compete for job growth and economic development. Sufficient physical infrastructure to meet future demand is required for good jobs and a secure future.
As Congress works to shape a federal surface transportation reauthorization bill, what are your main concerns for North Carolina’s transportation system? Click here to share your ideas and concerns. We appreciate your feedback on this issue and will continue to keep you updated on the progress of the MAP-21 reauthorization leading up to Sept. 30.