For every $1 billion increase in federal investment in transportation infrastructure an estimated 27,800 jobs are created.
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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 navigable waterways, 11,000 miles of transit, 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.
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departing our busiest airports are delayed, and 48% of delays in our 5 largest metropolitan areas are caused by our outdated aviation system.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.