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Need more reasons?

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April 7, 2014 – Over the years, I have identified many reasons why increased transportation funding is needed. They range all of the way from putting people to work, to improving traffic safety, to saving us money. So far, neither I nor anyone else has found the right words, phrases, or arguments to convince either our federal or state elected officials to increase funding.


In case you needed any additional information or reasons why additional funding is necessary, try some of these reasons:

  • $51 billion in MAP-21 funding will expire in FY 2014.
  • The Federal Highway Trust Fund is projected to be insolvent by September 2014.
  • Between 1990 and 2020, U.S. population will have grown 30 percent, while the purchasing power of gas tax revenues will have diminished by 48 percent.
  • 54 percent of America’s major roads are rated poor or mediocre.
  • One in four bridges needs significant repairs or can’t handle today’s traffic.
  • 45 percent of Americans don’t have access to transit.
  • By 2030, there will be a 25 percent increase in vehicle travel and a 64 percent increase in travel by large commercial trucks.
  • 3,561 people died in traffic crashes in 2012.
  • 660,000 jobs will be in jeopardy because of shipping delays.
  • At least 6,000 projects nationwide may be threatened to stop in their tracks.

How many more reasons can be given until our elected leadership decides to find a way to fund the needed improvements? At the federal level, they have at least begun to talk; at the state level, a $500 million proposal has been put forth – not nearly enough, but it’s a start.


Please call your legislator and tell him or her to find the dollars so the needed improvements can be made. Tell them it is time or we will be adding more negative statistics to those up above.



Carmine Palombo
If you want to know what about anything related to transportation in Southeast Michigan, don’t miss Carmine Palombo's blog. Carmine has more than 30 years of experience in various phases of transportation planning at SEMCOG. He is responsible for administering SEMCOG’s transportation planning program, which includes the region’s long-range transportation plan and short-term transportation plan.

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