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departing our busiest airports are delayed, and 48% of delays in our 5 largest metropolitan areas are caused by our outdated aviation system.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.
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.
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’ 2017 Report Card on America’s Infrastructure graded America’s infrastructure a D+.