In 2011, the freight transported in America was 17.6 billion tons, with 64 percent by truck, and freight ton miles are expected to grow 72 percent from 2015 to 2040.
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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 highway and bridge backlog required to restore the system to the level of condition and performance required to meet today’s demand is $836 billion.
The quality of U.S. road infrastructure ranks 17th in the world behind such countries as Singapore. This is up from 11th in 2018.
The quality of U.S. air infrastructure ranks 9th in the world behind such countries as Finland and Denmark.
The quality of U.S. rail infrastructure ranks 10th in the world behind such countries as Korea and Singapore.
The quality of U.S. port infrastructure is ranked 9th in the world behind such countries as Iceland and Belgium.
GDP per capita would increase 0.3 percent for every single point of improvement in the Transportation Index. Allowing the overall transportation performance to lag behind the average index of the top 5 performing states leaves about $1 trillion of potential GDP on the table.
For every $1 billion increase in federal investment in transportation infrastructure an estimated 27,800 jobs are created.
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.