The National Association of Counties (NACo) recently published a Federal Transportation and Infrastructure Policy Hub for Counties. This advocacy toolkit provides information, tools and resources necessary for counties to understand current infrastructure negotiations on Capitol Hill and to advocate for the inclusion of county priorities in the final infrastructure package.
Counties play a critical role in the nation’s transportation and infrastructure system, owning 44 percent of all public roads and nearly 40 percent of the National Bridge Inventory. At the same time, counties are tasked with directly supporting 78 percent of public transit systems and 34 percent of public airports that connect residents, communities and businesses with the national and global economies. Annually, counties invest roughly $134 billion in constructing infrastructure and maintaining and operating public works.
The new Federal Transportation and Infrastructure Policy Hub allows counties to contextualize their role in infrastructure discussions. This includes negotiations related to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which NACo has published an executive summary on, as well as the broader infrastructure policy landscape.
NACo encourages counties to utilize the new Policy Hub, especially as the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to consider the IIJA later this month.
- Support County Priorities in Any New Federal Infrastructure Package
- NACo Analysis: Senate Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act
- The County Role in Infrastructure One-Pager
- National Bridge Inventory One-Pager