We know how to overhaul our crumbling infrastructure—but because of Republican obstruction, we just stopped doing it. More than 20 years have passed since Congress adjusted the gas and diesel taxes that support the Highway Trust Fund, which pays for the vast majority of our transportation investments. And today, the trust fund is nearly insolvent.
As president, O’Malley will fight to make sure that the Highway Trust Fund and its dedicated Mass Transit Account are fully able to meet our future transportation needs—while prioritizing investments in projects that reduce traffic and congestion, improve sustainability, and otherwise help to build a more mobile, clean energy economy. To do so, he supports modernizing user fees in the short term; while moving to a more sustainable funding source, such as mileage-based fees, within eight years in office.