The United States has the largest transportation system in the world. It efficiently serves 284 million people and six million businesses scattered about our immense country. It is so important that organized activity would be impossible without it. Our transportation system plays a critical role in national and international affairs. It is the heart of our economy and a major part of the global economy as well. It empowers our political, informational and social influence in the global community. America's transportation system is also a critical element of national power. It enables the swift mobilization of our military during small-scale contingencies and supports the sustainment of our forces during long-term conflict. Our nation's leaders must address the capacity, infrastructure, labor and environmental issues facing our transportation system. Most importantly, industry and governments must collaborate to provide the significant capital investment needed to maintain and expand the infrastructure necessary to support the robust system demanded by the American people.
Industry Studies 2001