The U.S. highway trust fund is broke, unaccountable spending undermines long-term strategic priorities, and infrastructure is crumbling. Failure to reform the transportation system risks deepening U.S. dependence on oil, adding to climate change, and eroding economic competitiveness. Waiting to make real improvements only drives up future costs whereas responsible policies can improve transportation and reduce the national deficit today.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has created a leadership initiative to develop a non-partisan solution funding a better transportation system in the United States. Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley, former Pennsylvania Governor and Secretary for Homeland Security Tom Ridge, and former U.S. Comptroller General and now founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative David Walker led the initiative and recently released their landmark report, Road to Recovery: Transforming America's Transportation, detailing their recommendations for reforming and funding the federal transportation program.