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07-01-2015
Truck-Friendly Tolls for 21st Century Interstates

Of all highway users, the trucking industry has the most at stake in ensuring a solid future for the Interstate highway system. Together with the other principal routes that comprise the National Highway System, the 47,000 miles of Interstate are for trucking companies what the air traffic control system is for airlines—their primary arteries of commerce. The importance of the Interstates will be even greater in coming decades, since the U.S. DOT forecasts there will be 40% more trucks on the road by 2045. But the continued viability of the Interstates is now in question. These vital arteries were constructed largely in the 1960s and 1970s with a 50-year design life. Over the next two decades, most Interstates will exceed their design lives and will need to be reconstructed— their original pavement replaced, not just resurfaced. In addition, the projected increase in traffic—especially truck traffic—means that many of these corridors will require additional lanes over...

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06-01-2015
The Great Port Mismatch

The United States traded over $4 trillion worth of international goods in 2014, ranging from raw agriculture to advanced precision instruments. The enormous variety of exports and imports powers American industries, allowing industrial and household consumers to enjoy cost-effective products and exporting producers to access global markets. Even with a transition to a more service-based economy, goods trade still represents a vital component of economic growth. America’s international ports—the water, air, and surface transportation facilities that handle global goods—are either the first or last place a good touches domestic soil, and therefore they are vital components in trade networks. With towers of containers sitting on docksides, flocks of cargo planes parked at airports, and lines of trucks on both sides of the borders, ports are often the clearest visual evidence of all the goods trade taking place across the country.

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06-01-2015
Metro Modes

Trucks, railroads, waterways, airports, and pipelines represent the foundation of the country’s freight infrastructure network. Yet mounting congestion costs and tight investment budgets require that we prioritize freight investments. Understanding the types of goods moved by each mode—and the major industries supported by these movements—is a crucial step for regions to take to address their freight challenges. To assist in this process, this report uses data from the most recent year available (2010) to examine how U.S. regions move goods between each other.

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