Worth a Second Look

Shortly after the holidays, outgoing U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx released the final Beyond Traffic 2045 study highlighting transportation challenges facing the United States over the next three decades.

While you may have been overwhelmed by its heft at 200-plus pages, you may want to go back and take a good look at the document. There are a number of interesting questions and trends posed by the report. These are things those of us involved in the transportation industry simply can’t afford to ignore.

For example, did you know that in 2014, more than 10 million trucks moved over 10 billion tons of freight across America’s highways? And that by 2045, freight volume could increase by more than 40 percent from 11.5 billion tons to 16.5 billion tons? Or how about the current annual cost of truck congestion system wide is $28 billion?

If you haven’t taken a look at the report, be sure to download it. Or visit the U.S. Department of Transportation web site for more information.