2008 Status of the Nation's Highways, Bridges, and Transit: Conditions & Performance. Report to Congress

This is the eighth in a series of combined documents prepared by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to satisfy requirements for reports to Congress on the condition, performance, and future capital investment needs of the Nation’s highway and transit systems. This report incorporates highway, bridge, and transit information required by Section 502(h) of Title 23, United States Code (U.S.C.), as well as transit system information required by Section 308(e) of Title 49, U.S.C. Beginning in 1993, the Department combined two separate existing report series that covered highways and transit to form this report series. This report draws primarily on 2006 data. This document is intended to provide decision makers with an objective appraisal of the physical conditions, operational performances, and fi nancing mechanisms of highways, bridges, and transit systems based both on the current state of these systems and on the projected future state of these systems under a set of alternative future investment scenarios. This report offers a comprehensive, data-driven background to support the development and evaluation of legislative, program, and budget options at all levels of government. It also serves as a primary source of information for national and international news media, transportation associations, and industry. This report consolidates conditions, performance, and financial data provided by States, local governments, and mass transit operators to provide a national-level summary. Some of the underlying data are available through the DOT’s regular statistical publications. The future investment scenario analyses are developed specifically for this report and provide national-level projections only. The report begins with a "Highlights" section that lists key findings, focusing mainly on changes in various indicators since 1997, the last year prior to the enactment of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). This is followed by an Executive Summary that highlights the key findings in each individual chapter. The main body of the report is organized into four major sections. The six chapters in Part I, “Description of Current System,” contain the core retrospective analyses of the report. Chapters 2 through 6 each start with separate highway and transit sections discussing each mode in depth, followed by a combined section comparing key highway and transit statistics with those presented in the 2006 edition. The four chapters in Part II, “Investment/Performance Analysis,” contain the core prospective analyses of the report. Part III, “Special Topics,” explores further some topics related to the primary analyses in the earlier sections of the report. Part IV, “Afterword: A View to the Future,” describes ongoing research activities and identifies potential areas for improvement in the data and analytical tools used to produce the analyses contained in this report. The report also contains three technical appendices that describe the investment/performance methodologies used in the report for highways, bridges, and transit.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Report to Congress
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 622p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01150230
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 1 2010 3:49PM