AAA Congratulates New Transportation Committee Chairman
AAA’s President & CEO Robert Darbelnet today sent the following letter to Rep. Bill Shuster, the new chairman of the U.S. House Transportation & infrastructure Committee.
February 12, 2013
The Honorable Bill Shuster
U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure
2163 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Chairman Shuster:
Congratulations on being selected Chairman of the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee in the 113th Congress. Your longstanding commitment to improving the nation’s surface transportation system by making it safer and more efficient will serve the committee well.
As you know, this is a crucial time for transportation. Issues like deficit reduction and economic recovery pose both challenges and opportunities for the future of our nation’s transportation system, particularly when it comes to providing more adequate funding. At the same time, the recent policy gains made in MAP-21 provide a positive platform from which to further reform and improve the federal program.
AAA firmly believes that transportation investments will make America stronger by providing safe, reliable mobility and ensuring the nation remains competitive in a rapidly changing global economy. Unfortunately our competitiveness remains in doubt, as evidenced by a recent report by the World Economic Forum which ranked the quality of U.S. roadways behind countries like Cyprus, Malaysia, Finland, Oman, among others. The Interstate Highway System used to serve as a model of prosperity for other developing nations. America must redouble its effort to restore our rightful position as a global leader in transportation infrastructure innovation.
To that end, this year AAA will be conducting research to better understand public perceptions on the current state of the transportation system, the most pressing problems that motorists’ face, and their view of government’s role in addressing their concerns. We will be working to educate our members and the public about the importance of transportation and the need for increased investment.
AAA is committed to working with you on the important task of improving our nation’s infrastructure and we again congratulate you on your selection as Chairman.
Robert L. Darbelnet
AAA President & CEO