"The United States has the world’s largest and most capable transportation system. Those systems have enabled unprecedented growth in domestic and international trade, have brought our diverse States closer and closer together, and have provided a critical foundation for the amazing wealth creation and economic prosperity that has taken place in the U.S. and around the world in the last 60 years. … To reverse the decline in our transportation systems, we need to look beneath the surface and explore the foundation of the problems we are facing."
Mary E. Peters
U.S. Transportation Secretary