Seventy percent of U.S. residents want Congress to increase the amount of money it spends on transportation projects, according to a new poll released by the AAA auto club. The finding comes as lawmakers are facing an Oct. 29 deadline for renewing federal infrastructure spending.
The poll showed 70 percent of U.S. residents think “the federal government should invest more than it does now for roads, bridges and mass transit systems.”
The group’s president, Marshall Doney, said the findings should spur Congress to pass a long-term transportation bill instead of settling for a temporary patch at the end of the month.
“Americans rely on our nation’s roads and bridges every day, yet Congressional inaction has led to longer commutes, more potholes and unsafe conditions,” Doney said in a statement. “Motorists are dissatisfied that our national leaders repeatedly have failed to meet the basic needs of drivers across the country.”
Congress is struggling to come up with a way to pay for an infrastructure funding extension ahead of the Oct. 29 deadline for extending the federal government’s authority to pay states for transportation projects.