Condition and Performance Evaluation of U.S. Transportation Infrastructure

Following the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) prepared empirical reports for Congress detailing the condition, performance, and future investment needs of the nation’s transit systems. This 2013 Status of the Nation’s Highways, Bridges, and Transit: Conditions and Performance report is the tenth in a series of such reports to Congress. The report consolidated information from States, local governments, and public transit operators in order to provide this national-level summary. 

While “the report does not endorse any particular level of future highway, bridge, or transit investment,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has said this report confirms the need for more investment to “maintain and improve the nation’s highway and transit systems“. This report is based on 2010 data showing a yearly investment of $100.2 billion on transportation infrastructure. Estimates for cumulative spending on all levels of government are “between $123.7 billion and $145 billion per year to maintain and improve the condition of roads and bridges alone”. 

The full report is available in the Homeland Security Digital Library, accessible here

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