U.S. air traffic control uses technology from the World War II era that causes systematic delays and cancellations.
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U.S. air traffic congestion has steadily increased over the last decade, with record levels of delays at our busiest airports. The U.S. now has the world’s worst air traffic congestion: more than 1 in 5 flights departing our busiest airports are delayed, and 48% of delays in our 5 largest metropolitan areas are caused by our outdated aviation system. This problem will get worse in the future, as air travel is projected to double or even triple by 2025.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that full channel dimensions at the nation’s busiest 59 ports are available less than 35 percent of the time.This situation can increase the cost of shipping as vessels carry less cargo in order to reduce their draft or wait for high tide before entering a harbor.
The amount of freight moved in the U.S. is projected to grow 15 percent by 2045 and America's trade volume is expected to quadruple after 2030. By 2037, the U.S. will export more than 52 million shipping containers through U.S. seaports each year.
Transportation infrastructure is at or nearing capacity in many parts of the country and is expected to get worse. Americans wasted 54 hours sitting in congestion in 2018 and wasted 3.3 billion gallons of fuel – equal to one full work week and three weeks’ worth of gas for every traveler. This is up from 16 hours in 1982. The total cost of congestion in 2018 was $166 billion or $1,010 in wasted time and fuel for every traveler.
The economic competitiveness of U.S. transportation was ranked number one in the world in 2005. In 2019 it was ranked 13th.
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“Technology is driving a transformation in how we control and manage air traffic. This transformation to NextGen will be dominated by interdependence, and it will come about because of collaboration. ….NextGen runs on a philosophy that’s different from the way we have been handling air traffic for the last 50 years.”
“Public transportation is a vital component of the nation’s total transportation infrastructure picture, and with ridership expected to grow, dependable public transportation systems will be vital to the transportation needs of millions of Americans.”
“Electrified trains are part of the future.”