Foxx takes to the road to push for transportation fixes

Posted by mmcmullan on 04/17/2014

We've got some smart cookies here at the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM). One of them, Brian Lombardozzi, drops in on ManufactureThis from time to time. Today, he takes a look at the recent bus tour undertaken by US. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Take it away, Brian:

Earlier this week, an update to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Trust Fund Ticker showed the highway trust fund will run dry by August 29. And as I write this, the nation’s transportation bill, MAP-21, is set to expire in 167 days.  Luckily, the urgency of this has not been lost on our nation’s highest ranking transportation official.

On Monday, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx began a bus tour across the country to showcase the importance of transportation investment. The tour will take Secretary Foxx through eight states, and will include visits to communities that have created jobs by investing in transportation, as well as communities with transportation projects that are waiting on funding. Why? Well, that trust fund isn't getting any bigger, and what better way to advocate for a robust, multi-year federal investment into infrastructure projects – in keeping with the Obama administration proposal to address both the immediate funding shortfall and the country’s future transportation needs - then a good old-fashioned bus tour?

So: Where has Foxx been?

On Monday, the secretary was in Lockborne, Ohio, where he pointed out that waiting to start infrastructure projects only costs the public more in the long-term. Traffic jams and poor road conditions hit Americans in the pocketbook every day, in fact, with potholes and congestion translating to $212 of wear and tear per year for every Ohio driver.

And later that day in Norwood, Ohio, Secretary Foxx made the case for rail spending at a Siemens facility that’s manufacturing new electric motors for Amtrak, making the connection between transportation investment and U.S. manufacturing jobs.

Tuesday found Foxx in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was joined by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. The governor called on Congress to back a transportation bill, because transportation investment affects all Americans and will require a bipartisan solution.

Foxx’s second stop Tuesday was in Nashville, Tennessee where the secretary stopped at a bridge in sore need of repair on I-40/1-65 that the state would like to fix … but lacks the funds to repair.

Wednesday brought Foxx to Atlanta, Georgia, where the topics were railcars and multi-use urban trails.

Later in the day it was on to Anniston, Alabama, where Foxx spoke to workers at North American Bus, and then Birmingham, which is planning a new intermodal transportation facility ...

then the town of Demopolis, where he urged community leaders to press their federal officials to support a transportation funding fix.

Where’s Foxx today? Headed to Shreveport, Louisiana, and then on to Texas.

If you are interested in where he is heading next, track his trip with a handy interactive map.

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