If placed end to end, the length of the nation's structurally deficient bridges would stretch 1,276 miles or half the distance from New York to Los Angeles.
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41 percent of U.S. bridges are over 40 years old and have not had major reconstruction work.
The average age of a structurally deficient bridge is 67 years old, compared to 39 years for non-deficient bridges.
There are 185 million daily crossings on nearly 56,000 structurally deficient bridges in the U.S. About 1,900 of those bridges are on the Interstate Highway System.
Fuel wasted sitting in traffic reached a total of 3.1 billion gallons in 2014 – up from 500 million gallons in 1982.
Public transit reduces gas consumption by 1.4 billion gallons each year.
In 2013, transit passengers totaled 10.7 billion, the highest level since 1956.
A report on 2017 capital needs conducted by Airports Council International – North America found that airports, including both commercial and general aviation, have nearly $100 billion in total projects that are considered essential by the airport and airport users. This is a 32% increase since 2015.
It has been projected that the number of annual airline passengers will grow from 732 million in 2012 to 1 billion in 2027.
Over the next 20 years, 94% of the nation’s economic growth will occur in metropolitan areas.
Only two U.S. ports (Norfolk and Baltimore) are dredged deep enough to accommodate the post-Panamax ships that will become the norm when the newly widened Panama Canal opens.
By 2030 post-Panamax ships will account for 62 percent of the capacity of the world’s container fleet.