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The 2015 U.S. Transportation Construction Industry Profile

Posted by Content Coordinator on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015


Scope & Economic Utility of the U.S. Transportation Infrastructure Network

The U.S. transportation infrastructure network includes:

  • 4,115,462 center-line miles of public roadways and bridges, including 47,575 miles of Interstate highway
  • 608,445 bridges
  • 138,565 miles of track operated by freight railroads
  • Just under 13,000 commercial and general aviation airports
  • 29,620 miles of inland and inter-coastal commercial waterways
  • 12,413 miles of subway and urban rail commuter track

Providing Access to Jobs, Shopping, Recreation & Family Activities

The U.S. transportation infrastructure network provides all Americans with unprecedented access and mobility. Each year, the nation’s roads and highways handle more than 4.3 trillion highway passenger miles of travel.

In the country’s urbanized areas, unlinked passenger trips total 9.9 billion annually. Our light, heavy and commuter rail system facilitates almost half of those trips with over 4.4 billion unlinked annual passenger trips.

Accommodating Business Shipments

The U.S. transportation infrastructure network enables the shipment of over 17.5 million tons of goods and materials each year between American companies and between foreign companies and their domestic customers. This freight has a value of $14 trillion. Nearly 76 percent of this value is shipped via trucks. The remainder is shipped by multimodal (12.2 percent) or by rail (2.9 percent), water (1.2 percent) and air (1.2 percent). Pipelines carry 5.1 percent of the value of all freight shipments.

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that the value of domestic freight shipments will increase by 77 percent between 2015 and 2040, reaching $27.1 trillion.

One of America’s Most Valuable Capital Assets

In 2013, the nation’s transportation infrastructure was worth $4.47 trillion. Approximately 90 percent of the nation’s transportation infrastructure is owned by federal, state and local governments. The remainder is privately owned. The highways, streets, transit infrastructure, runways and other transportation structures owned by the government are 31.2 percent of all government fixed assets

Total Government Fixed Assets, in billions

Download full version (PDF): The 2015 U.S. Transportation Construction Industry Profile

About the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)
The Washington, D.C.-based American Road & Transportation Builders Association is: America’s largest and most respected national transportation construction trade group; an aggressive and non-partisan advocate that exclusively and successfully works to build and protect the U.S. transportation construction market; the industry’s primary environmental, legal and regulatory advocate; the pre-eminent information source on transportation investment, policy, safety, economics and other key industry business issues; the leading provider of education and training programs designed to meet the unique professional development needs of transportation design, construction and safety executives; a facilitator of networking and business development opportunities nationally and internationally through events, webinars, live and virtual conferences, and committee and council meetings.

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