Over the past two decades, the growth of public transit passenger miles has eclipsed that of vehicle miles traveled 34 percent to 26 percent.
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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.
The total cost of congestion in 2018 was $166 billion or $1,010 in wasted time and fuel for every traveler. Americans wasted 54 hours sitting in congestion in 2018. This is up from 16 hours in 1982.
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.
U.S. air traffic control uses technology from the World War II era that causes systematic delays and cancellations.
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departing our busiest airports are delayed, and 48% of delays in our 5 largest metropolitan areas are caused by our outdated aviation system.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.
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 desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles..."
“[T]he United States was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them. This country was conquered by those who moved forward, and so will space.”
“Our citizens do not want less transportation. They want more. They do not want us to spend more on the same old thing or just move money around from one idea to the next. They want us to invest in a disciplined and strategic way in the things that improve the quality of their lives and grow their opportunities.”