|•The USDOT’s landmark report, “Beyond Traffic” Focuses on
many freight and technology issues.
|•Our freight system is a multimodal engine that we depend on
to drive our economy. Our nation’s
ability to compete in the global market and to meet the needs and expectation
of consumers and industry depend on a robust multimodal freight
|•Our freight system moves approximately 54 tones of goods
per American per year. As the population grows and economy (both population and economy are expecting
to double over the next 30 years), demand for freight will grow as well
strain an already challenged system.
|•Growth in freight
demand will put increased pressure on freight bottlenecks throughout
the country. In 2012 approximately 10
million trucks moved more than 13 billion tons of freight across America’s
highways. These trucks were major contributors to congestion on 4,500 of the
busiest highway miles in the nation.
|•By 2040 nearly 30,000 miles of the busiest highways will be
clogged on a daily basis. Truck congestion alone wastes $27 billion in times
and fuel annually.
|•Areas with the worst truck delays include major
international gateway hubs such as LA, NY, Chicago as well as major
distribution centers such as Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas-Ft Worth, Denver,
Columbus, OH and Portland Oregon.
|•At 2 major Mexican border crossings, it takes trucks on
average nearly an hour to enter the US.
|•Assuming no changes in network capacity, increases in truck
and passenger vehicle traffic are forecast to expand areas of recurring
peak-period congestion by 37 percent of the NHS in 2040 compared to 11
percent in 2007. This will slow
traffic by 21,000 miles on the NHS and create stop and go conditions on an
additional 40,000 miles.
|How will we move