The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) crowning achievement in 1982 was adding a nickel to the federal fuel tax. This first increase in 23 years provided enough money to rebuild the highways essential to commerce and our economy. And what's happened to the nickel we're so proud of? It's fading from view. It no longer exists except as an unexpendable balance on the asset side of our Highway Trust Fund ledger sheet.


Business generally seem unconcerned about "transportation" except as it relates specifically to access to transportation near the businesses themselves. We must develop a comprehensive national transportation policy that includes all transportation modes. This includes rail, transit, maritime, and even pipeline. Transportation approaches 20% of our gross national product. Such costs dramatically affect every person, the cost of every commodity, and the price of every product.