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The 2014 elections marked a shift in American politics. With the results clearly demonstrating a need for change and progress in Washington, elected leaders drew together this week to assemble goals for the 114thCongress. Many government officials are calling for infrastructure improvements as a primary focus for next year.

Reauthorization of surface transportation programs, including the solvency of the Highway Trust, fund loom large. Other equally important programs, including the FAA’s aviation reauthorization have pushed infrastructure issues to the forefront of national attention.

In the past, partisan gridlock has squelched progress for funding, leaving the country’s highways, bridges, and other vital infrastructure devoid of guaranteed safety and economic prosperity. More importantly, congestion is mounting. These mobility delays amount to lost economic opportunity, higher prices, more greenhouse gas emissions, and lost personal time.

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