HIGHWAY CONGESTION, "FAST" AND DEMOGRAPHICS, JANUARY 2016
During the past 25 years, investment in the nation’s highways and roads has not kept pace with demographic changes. During this period, the number of licensed drivers increased by nearly 50 million (an increase of roughly 30%), the number of vehicles on the road increased by 65 million (an increase of 35%), and total vehicle miles travelled increased 45%. These increases coincided with an expansion of lane miles in the highway system by a meager 7.7%.
Given this track record, it is not surprising that the recently released Urban Mobility Report shows significant increases in congestion levels on United States’ highways1. Increased congestion has led to increases in travel delays, wasted fuel, and CO2 emissions.