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.
45 percent of America’s major urban highways are congested.
In some urban areas driving on roads in need of repair can cost the average driver $605 per year.
44 percent of the nation's major urban roads are in poor or mediocre condition. Driving on roads in need of repair costs U.S. motorists $128.9 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs or $605 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departing our busiest airports are delayed, and 48% of delays in our 5 largest metropolitan areas are caused by our outdated aviation system.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.
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 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.”