In the 20th century, Americans fell in love with the car. Driving a car became a rite of passage. Owning a car became a symbol of American freedom and mobility. And so we invested in a network of interstate highways that facilitated travel and connected the nation.
Now we're in a new century, with new challenges and new transportation needs. The demand for ridesharing, more walkable and bike friendly communities, and more and better transit options are all on the rise. At the same time, many of the roads and bridges and transit systems we invested in so heavily are showing their age. In fact America has roughly a half-trillion dollar backlog of needed road and bridge repair, and a $90 billion backlog in transit repair needs.
Maryland PIRG is running campaigns that put us on the road to meeting America’s changing transportation needs.