Surface Transportation

What You Need to Know

By 2020, one-third of the entire Interstate system will be congested, impairing reliability and increasing the cost of goods movement.

We lose 5.5 billion working hours per year due to traffic tie-ups.

Traffic congestion costs American consumers $121 billion a year in wasted time and fuel, and results in increased carbon dioxide emissions.

Manufacturers continue to rally support for broad-based, jobs-creating investment in upgrades, expansion and modernization of our nation's transportation network. 

The NAM's efforts include advocating for increased public and private infrastructure funding, developing an interstate system focused on moving goods to market, increasing highway, bridge, rail and transit investments and capacity improvements, and supporting efforts to reduce traffic congestion.

Understand the Issue

Manufacturers need modern infrastructure to compete. Unfortunately, troubling trends have emerged over the past decade, putting our once envied infrastructure into a state of decline. This report offers a historical overview of a broad range of infrastructure investments and provides an important view into the economic benefits the U.S. economy would reap with a more concerted effort to address the nation’s infrastructure needs.


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Press Releases

  • 05/12/2014
    Timmons: Crumbling Infrastructure Hurting Manufacturers
    Speaking on a panel organized by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Council on Competitiveness and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons delivered a simple message for policymakers: Our nation's aging and crumbling infrastructure is impeding manufacturers' competitiveness. As the kickoff event to Infrastructure Week 2014, the panel also included other national infrastructure leaders, including U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue, Council on Competitiveness President and CEO Deborah Wince-Smith and Organization for International Investment President and CEO Nancy McLernon.
  • 02/27/2014
    Manufacturers Need Long-Term Solutions to Our Nations Infrastructure Problems
    Washington, D.C., February 26, 2014 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement in response to President Obama's recently released infrastructure proposal:
  • 09/17/2013
    Nationwide Survey Shows Need for Critical Infrastructure Investments
    Philadelphia, PA, September 17, 2013 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons joined today with Building America's Future (BAF) Co-Chair and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell to unveil a new survey that highlights manufacturers' concerns about America's roads and bridges, transit and aviation systems and ports.