Congress to Return from Vacation to Over 2,000 Messages from Frustrated Americans Demanding Action on Nation’s Transportation Systems
WASHINGTON, DC—August 28, 2013 – One month after the launch of Building America’s Future’s mobile app, “I’m Stuck,” users in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have sent messages to Congress urging U.S. Representatives and Senators to move beyond gridlock and take action to fix our nation’s strained and deteriorating transportation networks. “I’m Stuck” is designed to allow Americans who are frustrated with wasting precious time, fuel and money sitting in traffic, or waiting on the tarmac or train, to connect directly with Congress in a few simple touches.
This Labor Day weekend AAA estimates that a record-breaking 34.1 million Americans are expected to travel – 29.2 million by automobile and 2.61 million by air. The average American is expected to travel a total distance of 594 miles and spend $804. And it’s not just Labor Day that is expensive for travelers. According to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute Urban Mobility Report, each U.S. commuter wastes roughly $800 each year stuck in traffic.
“Congress can expect to return from their summer vacation to thousands of messages from aggravated Americans who are demanding modern, reliable transportation options and are frustrated that they spent Labor Day weekend stuck in traffic,” said Edward Rendell, former Pennsylvania Governor and BAF Co-Chair. “Congress has a responsibility to help states and cities modernize the critical transportation systems that Americans use every single day.”
“We’re excited that ‘I’m Stuck’ has been used in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.,” said Marcia Hale, President of BAF. “More than 2,000 ‘I’m Stuck’ messages have been sent to Members of Congress, and we hope that Americans continue to use this app to push Congress out of gridlock. The larger message of ‘I’m Stuck’ is that Americans have a voice and it is past time that Congress listens to them.”
The “I’m Stuck” app is available for free download in app stores and can be found on the BAF website: http://www.bafuture.org/imstuck. It runs on both Android and Apple devices. For the latest updates on “I’m Stuck,” follow Building America’s Future on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/BuildingAmericasFuture and Twitter at @BAFuture.