We're growing as a nation. For the economy to grow in lockstep, transportation investment is critical.
- The U.S. transportation system moved, on average, 49.3 million tons of goods worth $52.5 billion daily in 2015.
- As the U.S. population expands, the U.S. freight system will be called upon to meet the demands of a larger population. Each person in the U.S. requires the movement of roughly 63 tons of freight annually and the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that by 2040, freight movements across all modes will have to increase by roughly 42 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.
See a snapshot of freight system needs in CAGTC's Freight Can't Wait booklet, below.
Freight Can't Wait, 2023 Edition
Illustrating the many freight infrastructure needs across the United States, CAGTC worked with its membership to develop “Freight Can’t Wait,” a snapshot of projects around the country that stand to benefit from federal partnership and investment. The booklet of projects was first released in 2015, updated in 2017, updated in 2019, and now updated again in 2023. Click here to download the full booklet.