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Nearly 40% of 2020 federal transportation spending was for air transportation, driven in part by stimulus spending in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Typically, half of federal transportation spending goes to highways, and around 22% goes to air transportation.​


Most infrastructure spending comes directly from state and local governments, which spent $169 billion on projects in 2018, excluding federal transfers.

In 2020, the federal government spent $63 billion directly on infrastructure and granted an additional $83 billion in infrastructure funding to states.


Public transit ridership was down 47% from 2019 to 2020.

Air travel from March to the end of 2020 was down 72% from the same period in 2019.​


Car travel was down 13% from 2019 to 2020.

February 2021 car travel was 55% above the low in April 2020, but was still 11% below February 2020.


Bridges are improving.

The proportion of bridges rated as poor decreased from 9.4% in 2012 to 7.5% in 2019. ​


Urban roads and interstates are improving.

However, 45% of minor urban roads and 26% of mid-size urban roads remain in unsatisfactory condition.


Train infrastructure is degrading.

Two-thirds of train tunnels and nearly one-third of train control systems and elevated structures were rated as poor or substandard as of last count.

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