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The State of Transportation in the States

The State of Transportation in the States

To bridge the gap in federal funding, states are getting creative to solve their transit issues.

US News
By Susan Milligan, Senior Writer
July 17, 2018, at 5:00 a.m.

The nation's roads and bridges are in disrepair and there's not remotely enough money available to fix them. Train travel is uneven and expensive. Mass transit use nationally is down, frustrating officials' efforts to get more cars off the road and reduce congestion. Driving on toll roads can end up costing more per minute than a spa massage, a call to a psychic hotline or psychotherapy in Manhattan. Traveling by plane can be a hassle, with security screenings and crowds making a trip slower, door to door, than ground travel.

A disparate group of transportation experts, politicians across the spectrum and economists agree: American infrastructure is in bad shape. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave it a "D-plus" in its most recent quadrennial report in 2017. And the estimated cost of bringing things up to speed and up to date – a cool $1.2 trillion over the next decade, ASCE estimates – is almost as jarring as the cost of doing nothing. A pedestrian bridge collapse in South Florida in March killed six people. Rail lines are in desperate need of repair, with the average backlog for major projects for the Northeast Corridor (the nation's' busiest railroad) 111 years, endangering reliability. More than 40 percent of America's urban interstates are congested, and drivers pay, coast to coast: California motorists pony up an average of $844 a year in added costs because of unmet road repairs, while Connecticut drivers pay an average $864 in extra costs because of delays, damage to the cars and other impacts of poor roads... FULL ARTICLE

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