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Breaking Transportation Barriers

Breaking Transportation Barriers

The Congress shall have Power To...provide for the...general Welfare

Article I, Section 8, Constitution of the United States

Connecting Americans across the country has been an important goal throughout American history. In fact, both houses of Congress established a Committee on Post Offices and Post Roads as one of their first standing committees. Settlement of the western territories in the 1850s increased the need for efficient rail transport to the Pacific Coast. Interstate highways made travel and commerce more efficient. While transportation technologies and needs have changed since 1776, the demand for these vital transportation connections has not.