It sure feels good to be home again after last week's "Invest In America, Commit to the Future" bus tour. But what we saw on our trip--and what we've heard from people around the country and state DOTs--has only motivated us to work harder to help bring this nation the transportation certainty Americans need.
The job of getting a multi-year transportation bill--one that funds the safe and dependable infrastructure our economic growth requires--continues, and we can't afford to rest until we've reached the finish line.
Soon, the Obama Administration will do exactly what the President promised in St. Paul, Minnesota, earlier this year: present Congress with a surface transportation reauthorization proposal. This bill will support millions of American jobs repairing and modernizing our roads, bridges, railways, and transit systems. And it will pave the way forward by increasing access to the ladders of opportunity that help Americans get ahead.
As readers of this blog know, the timing is critical to ensure our transportation programs continue.
I saw last week what happens when funding dries up. I saw it in Garland, Texas, where the LBJ Freeway is still waiting. I saw it in Louisville, Kentucky, where UPS CEO Scott Davis explained how better surface transportation will help the carrier compete better.
I also saw what happens when things run smoothly in Washington, DC, when we make good investments and plan ahead.
For example, in Anniston, Alabama, workers are on the job manufacturing buses for transit agencies around the country. And the parts for those buses come into the NABI plant from businesses all over the country. We even saw them assembling a bus bound for the DC area's own Metrobus system.
It was terrific to see folks in Alabama doing what they can to keep DC moving. Now it's time to see our elected officials in DC do what they can to keep Alabama--and America's 49 other great states--moving.