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Freight and goods movement plays a role in our every day lives, though many of us don’t take the time to really consider that impact. In addition to providing the things we need and want to have, the nation’s freight infrastructure is key to securing America’s economic future and maintaining our competitiveness in world markets. Growth over the last twenty years, improvements in manufacturing processes and new technology are placing ever-greater strain on the capacity of our goods movement network. The U.S. DOT estimtes that freight volumes will increase 45 percent by 2045. Will we be prepared to meet that challenge?

Click here to view 2015 CAGTC-produced fact sheets on the benefits of investment in freight infrastructure and the impacts of chronic underinvestment. Contact CAGTC staff if you'd like high-resolution versions of these documents.

Click here to learn about the many and varied costs paid by businesses as a result of underinvestment in our nation's infrastructure. Contact CAGTC staff if you'd like a high-resolution version of the Cost of Congestion fact sheet.

Making the case for freight is vital, whether you're helping the public better understand the role goods movement plays in their everyday lives, or trying to convince a Member of Congress of the importance of freight to our national, state and local economies. CAGTC has developed talking points to help YOU make the case for freight!

  • Click here for CAGTC's Freight Talking Points.
  • Click here to learn about freight's impact on regional economies.

We're growing as a nation. For the economy to grow in lockstep, transportation investment is critical.

  • As the U.S. population expands, the U.S. freight system will be called upon to meet the demands of a larger population. Between 2010 and 2035, the system will experience a 22 percent increase in the total amount of tonnage it moves. By 2050, with an estimated 420 million people in the U.S., the increase is projected to be 35 percent.
  • Forecasts show that by 2050, 75 percent of U.S. inhabitants will live in metropolitan "megaregions" and 80 percent of population growth will occur there. As a result, more passenger and freight traffic will move into these regions causing increased traffic congestion and loss of productivity that will diminish quality of life in and around megaregions if these changes are not met with proper planning and investment. 

For additional freight facts and figures, please visit the Federal Highway Administration's Freight Analysis Framework.


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