Cochran went on to say, "This survey confirms what mayors have been saying for years: through a new direct partnership with mayors, the federal government should make tomorrow's transportation infrastructure more metropolitan-focused, more energy-efficient, and more environmentally sustainable."
The United States Conference of Mayors is pleased to be working with the Obama Administration and Congress in helping to shape a federal surface transportation law that will rebuild transportation infrastructure in metropolitan areas, reduce traffic congestion, create jobs, and ensure that cities and their metropolitan economies across the United States, and, in turn, the nation's economy, emerge from the recession.
The President and CEO of Parsons Brinkerhoff, which sponsored the survey, spoke to the global benefit of increased infrastructure investments in this country.
"While the United States has been disinvesting in transportation infrastructure, we see other countries taking a cue from our history by making significant investments in transportation," said Parsons Brinckerhoff President and CEO George J. Pierson.
"Today, we are investing approximately two percent of our GDP on infrastructure; Europe and China are investing approximately five percent and nine percent, respectively. Growth in India, China, Brazil and other surging economies is being fueled in part by investment in transit systems, roads, airports and other infrastructure. Thousands of miles of high-speed rail systems are being built in Europe and Asia, connecting population and economic centers."
"When mayors in the United States speak to their need to improve the quality of roads and transit systems in their cities, they are responding to a public need in a way that will arm their cities for success in global competition," concluded Pierson.
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