America’s transportation system is in desperate need of repair. Our bridges and roads are crumbling beneath us. In fact, roughly one out of every four bridges in this country is not safe. There’s a lot of work to be done to make sure our roads, bridges, rails and buses are safe and efficient. If we do the job right, we can lift people out of poverty and slash pollution while we’re at it.

Strong transportation policies expand and upgrade our public transit systems. They also ensure that we can keep our air clean and prevent pollution-caused illnesses like asthma and heart disease. In addition, by hiring local workers for transportation projects, we can keep dollars close to home and revitalize communities, which is why inclusive and equitable workforce development initiatives are critical. By fixing our transportation system, we can do more than protect our air and public health. We can create good, local jobs that will help rebuild America’s middle class.