Transportation Reboot: Restarting America’s Most Essential Operating System. The Case for Capacity: To Unlock Gridlock, Generate Jobs, Deliver Freight, and Connect Communities: Unlocking Gridlock

This study examines the U.S. transportation system capacity - especially highway capacity - and comes to the following conclusions: (1) Population increases are putting strains on existing transportation networks, and are increasing the need for new capacity. (2) Significant investment is needed to keep America moving. (3) The Interstate Highway System is the backbone of the nation’s transportation network and must continue to play a strategic role. (4) Meeting metropolitan mobility needs will require a balanced approach that preserves what has been built to date, improves system performance, and adds substantial capacity in highways, transit, freight rail, and intercity passenger rail. (5) The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO’s) four-pronged approach to restarting America’s most essential operating system—its transportation network is as follows: A. Preserve and modernize the system; B. Improve system performance; C. Shift trips to other options, such as intercity passenger rail, transit, bicycles or walking; and shift freight from trucks to rail; and D. Add the highway capacity needed to sustain America’s future.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Part 1 of a Series
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 48p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01156879
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9781560514831
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Publication Code: RP–UGCR–1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 4 2010 12:38PM