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.
Facts & Quotes
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.
Since 1950, the population of the United States more than doubled but the road system grew only from 3.3 million miles to more than 4.1 million miles.
The American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2021 Report Card on America’s Infrastructure graded America’s infrastructure a C-.
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 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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“With the very future of federal investment in our transportation infrastructure in question, we’re standing at a generational crossroads, and we must think carefully before we choose a path.”
“Railroad iron is a magician’s rod, in its power to evoke the sleeping energies of land and water.”
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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.”
“Federal investment in infrastructure is the necessary catalyst for future economic growth and to enable the private sector to effectively compete in the global economy. This investment is long overdue.”