With over 1,200 miles of interstate highways, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and our ports in Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia has distinguished itself as an international transportation hub for which Georgia’s Tenth District plays a major role. 51,155 jobs in the Tenth District are directly tied to our ports, which facilitate the flow of goods all around the world. Additionally, I-20 runs right through the heart of our District, and our residents rely heavily upon it every single day.
Given the fundamental importance of our roads, bridges, railways, ports, and airports, it is critical that we implement long-term federal surface transportation legislation as part of a comprehensive transportation approach that empowers state and local transportation agencies. We need to ensure that our transportation assets are in good working condition and keep up with the growth of our population and economy. Our policy should be to return transportation decisions to the states to best determine how to apply our limited resources in the most efficient and effective fashion. Further, we must continue to innovate and rely on private-public partnerships as opposed to tax increases to solve the issues facing our transportation system.