Citing a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce report as more evidence that the nation’s transportation infrastructure requires immediate and long-term investment to help spur economic growth, leaders of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) praised the first-ever nationwide and state-by-state “Transportation Performance Indexes,” which show a significant decline over the last five years in how infrastructure is serving the needs of domestic commerce, international trade and the overall U.S. economy.
The annual index is the first of its kind designed to look over time at how U.S. transportation infrastructure is serving the needs of the U.S. economy and business community. It goes beyond charting the effects of spending and creation of jobs during construction.
NSSGA First Vice Chairman of the Board Dave Thomey, executive vice president, Maryland Materials Inc., North East, Md., said, “The analysis uses publicly available data to provide decision-makers demonstrable evidence that transportation performance links directly to the economy. The index shows how important transportation is to maintaining a strong economy, which is information Congress, Governors and the administration need since reauthorization of the multi-year surface transportation act is so long overdue. The Index shows how transportation repair and modernization is essential to boost U. S. competiveness over the long term.”
NSSGA Reauthorization Task Force Vice Chairman and NSSGA Treasurer Anne Lloyd, EVP/CFO of Martin Marietta Materials, Raleigh, N.C., was an industry financial resource to the SAFETEA-LU- created Policy and Revenue Commission charged with suggesting resources for 21st century infrastructure. Lloyd said, “The overall physical conditions and performance of our nation’s highways have badly deteriorated because of inadequate investment. We have long known the documented need for, and now can provide documented benefits of, improvement to our transportation systems to boost safety and efficient performance. The Transportation Performance Index shows broader performance correlation to GDP growth, in addition to that provided by total spending on construction and operations.”
NSSGA is a founding member of the U.S. Chamber-led Americans for Transportation Mobility coalition, as well as the American Road & Transportation Builders Association –Associated General Contractors of America -led Transportation Construction Coalition. NSSGA collaborates with its construction materials counterpart associations in its relentless communications about the importance of reauthorization to well-paying, private sector, American job creation, to economic growth and to competitiveness.
NSSGA’s grassroots program “Driving it Home, 535” is aggressively inviting other business and civic leaders to meetings with Members of Congress in their home states, to reinforce the interests of constituents — from businesses who depend on freight, customer and workforce mobility, to automobile and equipment dealers, to school boards, other local and state officials, and drivers who want to get to destination safely and on time — that America’s economic growth is enhanced when the foundation — the transportation of goods and people — is enhanced.