In the past months, many years of research and data collection have begun paying off in a rich series of analytical studies paving the way for a strong, rigorous, and quantitative explanation of transportation's role in the economy and the power of transportation investment in advancing national competitiveness and productivity. This document identifies some of this new research and the guidance it provides to public investment decision making. This document also addresses some of the tasks that lie ahead to complete the work that is now showing such substantial rewards. While there has always been an implicit understanding on the part of the public of the economic benefits of transportation investment, these studies make those benefits tangible and explicit. The overwhelming conclusion that must be drawn from these studies is that not only has transportation investment been a key engine of productivity growth and economic development in the past but that its role will increase in the future.


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Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 7-17
  • Serial:
    • AASHTO Quarterly Magazine
    • Volume: 77
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
    • ISSN: 0147-4820

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00764928
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 8 1999 12:00AM