Fuel wasted sitting in traffic reached a total of 2.9 billion gallons in 2011 – enough to fill the New Orleans Superdome four times.
Facts & Quotes
Public transit reduces gas consumption by 1.4 billion gallons each year.
In 2013, transit passengers totaled 10.7 billion, the highest level since 1956.
A report on 2013 capital needs conducted by Airports Council International – North America found that airports, including both commercial and general aviation, have $71.3 billion in total projects that are considered essential by the airport and airport users.
It has been projected that the number of annual airline passengers will grow from 732 million in 2012 to 1 billion in 2027.
Over the next 20 years, 94% of the nation’s economic growth will occur in metropolitan areas.
Only two U.S. ports (Norfolk and Baltimore) are dredged deep enough to accommodate the post-Panamax ships that will become the norm when the newly widened Panama Canal opens.
By 2030 post-Panamax ships will account for 62 percent of the capacity of the world’s container fleet.
In 2011, the freight transported in America was 17.6 billion tons, with 64 percent by truck, and freight ton miles are expected to grow 72 percent from 2015 to 2040.
Since 1950, the population of the United States more than doubled but the road system grew only from 3.3 million miles to more than 4.1 million miles.
25 percent of America’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
The highway and bridge backlog required to restore the system to the level of condition and performance required to meet today’s demand is $740 billion.