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Ahead of Holiday Weekend Travel, BAF Encourages Americans to Demand Action on our Decaying Infrastructure

Building America’s Future urges travelers to use the “I’m Stuck” App to urge legislators to take action

Washington, D.C. – December 18, 2017 – With 2017 coming to a close, our government has yet to act on our nation’s dire infrastructure needs. While families travel for the holidays, millions of Americans will be slowed down by our crumbling roads, bridges, airports, and rails. Just yesterday, Atlanta’s Hartsfield–Jackson Airport experienced an 11-hour power outage that paralyzed the world’s busiest airport. The outage started with a fire, which damaged two substations serving the airport, including the back-up power.

In response to the infrastructure crisis, Building America’s Future is renewing its call for people to use its mobile app to report travel delays and remind representatives in Congress that they cannot wait any longer to take action.

This year, AAA expects a record-breaking 107.3 million people will travel on planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation during the upcoming holidays. With a 3 percent increase this year, 2017 marks the ninth consecutive year of rising year-end holiday travel. This means traffic jams will be on the rise, security lines will be painstaking, and travel will be even more stressful.

“It is long past due for Congress and the Administration to hear our voices and work together to produce a long-term and well-funded infrastructure plan to meet the demands of current and future generations,” said Marcia Hale, president of Building America’s Future. “Our leaders must offer direct, federal dollars to address our aging roads, rails, airports and bridges. If our members of Congress have their constituents in mind, they must work together with the Administration to create a bipartisan bill that provides long-term funding.”

Americans can make their voices heard in Washington by using the “I’m Stuck” app. They’ll be able to report problems directly with their representatives in Congress, and share their pain and frustrations of outdated and overburdened transportation systems.

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For more information, please visit www.BAFuture.org and action.BAFuture.org. For the latest infrastructure news, please follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/BAFuture), Facebook (www.facebook.com/BuildingAmericasFuture) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/BAFInfrastructure).

About the “I’m Stuck” App:

The free “I’m Stuck” app was created by Building America’s to give delayed travelers a way to communicate their frustration directly to their U.S. Representative or Senator. The app immediately emails a user’s Member of Congress with details about a particular delay, as a way to display the real-world, everyday gridlock caused by America’s lack of funding for infrastructure and transportation. 15,802 users have already downloaded I’m Stuck, and users have already sent 15,128 e-mails to Congress. Download it here!