U.S. Port volume is expected to double by 2020; Freight tonnage is expected to increase 88% by 2035; and, passenger miles to increase by 80% in 30 years.
Facts & Quotes
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.
The American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2013 Report Card on America’s Infrastructure graded America’s infrastructure a D+.
Transportation infrastructure is at or nearing capacity in many parts of the country and is expected to get worse. Americans waste 4.2 billion hours and 2.9 billion gallons of fuel a year sitting in traffic – equal to one full work week and three weeks’ worth of gas for every traveler. The total cost of congestion in 2012 was $121 billion or $818 in wasted time and fuel for every traveler. Americans wasted 38 hours sitting in congestion. This is up from 16 hours in 1982.
On an average day, some 43 million tons of goods valued at $29 billion move on the nation’s interconnected network of ports, roads, rails and inland waterways.
The economic competitiveness of U.S. transportation was ranked number one in the world in 2005. In 2014 it was ranked 12th.
Every local dollar invested in water and wastewater infrastructure generates almost $9 in direct and indirect income.
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“With the very future of federal investment in our transportation infrastructure in question, we’re standing at a generational crossroads, and we must think carefully before we choose a path.”
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