The quality of U.S. rail infrastructure ranks 10th in the world behind such countries as Korea and Singapore.
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The quality of U.S. port infrastructure is ranked 9th in the world behind such countries as Iceland and Belgium.
GDP per capita would increase 0.3 percent for every single point of improvement in the Transportation Index. Allowing the overall transportation performance to lag behind the average index of the top 5 performing states leaves about $1 trillion of potential GDP on the table.
For every $1 billion increase in federal investment in transportation infrastructure an estimated 27,800 jobs are created.
State and local governments account for about 75 percent of total public spending on transportation and water infrastructure and the federal government accounts for the other 25 percent.
Public construction spending as a percentage of GDP (TLPBLCONS/(GDP*1000) is lower than it has been over the last 20 years reaching a high of 0.023 in 2009 to its current level between 0.016 and 0.017.
America’s transportation network is comprised of approximately 4 million miles of roads, 117,000 miles of rail, 600,000 bridges, 12,000 miles of commercially navigable waterways, 11,000 miles of transit (including more than 5,000 miles of rail transit), more than 3,000 transit rail stations, 300 ports, and 19,700 airports.
Over the past two decades, the growth of public transit passenger miles has eclipsed that of vehicle miles traveled 34 percent to 26 percent.
Vehicle travel on America’s highways increased by 17 percent from 2000 to 2017, while new road mileage increased by only 5 percent.
In some urban areas driving on roads in need of repair can cost the average driver $603 per year.
43 percent of the nation's major roads are in poor or mediocre condition. Driving on roads in need of repair costs U.S. motorists $130 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs or $603 per motorist.
In 2013, six of the nation’s 30 largest airports were already experiencing congestion levels equal to the Wednesday before Thanksgiving one day per the average week. In 2014, the number of airports already at that congestion level has more than doubled to 13.