On Jobs & Energy Security: Presidential Attention on Transportation Infrastructure

  • With the transportation bill set to expire at the end of September, the President is making the “jobs” case for continued investments in the nation’s transportation infrastructure. He would be wise to also highlight how effective transportation policies can strengthen the nation’s energy security by reducing demand for oil.
  • To effectively improve energy security, transportation spending must be carefully prioritized to address the greatest needs and generate the greatest potential gain.
  • These priorities include measurable and accountable efforts to reduce oil consumption in the transportation sector, and deploying modern, technological solutions on both the funding and performance sides of the transportation equation.
  • Finally, the transportation system can and should attempt to unleash competitive market forces to the benefit of consumers and the nation’s economic and national security.