Transportation infrastructure is at or nearing capacity in many parts of the country and is expected to get worse. Americans waste 4.2 billion hours and 2.9 billion gallons of fuel a year sitting in traffic – equal to one full work week and three weeks’ worth of gas for every traveler. The total cost of congestion in 2012 was $121 billion or $818 in wasted time and fuel for every traveler. Americans wasted 38 hours sitting in congestion. This is up from 16 hours in 1982.
Facts & Quotes
On an average day, some 43 million tons of goods valued at $29 billion move on the nation’s interconnected network of ports, roads, rails and inland waterways.
The economic competitiveness of U.S. transportation was ranked number one in the world in 2005. In 2014 it was ranked 12th.
Every local dollar invested in water and wastewater infrastructure generates almost $9 in direct and indirect income.
“This great work will immortalize the present authorities of NY, will bless their descendants with wealth and prosperity, and prove to mankind the superior wisdom of employing the resources of industry in works of improvement rather than destruction.”
“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.”
"The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles..."
“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.”
“Public transportation is a vital component of the nation’s total transportation infrastructure picture, and with ridership expected to grow, dependable public transportation systems will be vital to the transportation needs of millions of Americans.”
“Electrified trains are part of the future.”