Infrastructure

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.​

Infrastructure

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.

Infrastructure

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.​

Infrastructure

Car travel in the first 11 months of 2020 was down 14% compared to the same time in 2019.

November 2020 car travel increased 54% from the April 2020 low, but was 10% below normal.

Infrastructure

Bridges are improving.

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

Infrastructure

Urban interstates, freeways, and expressways are improving.

Smaller urban roads are either staying the same or getting worse. ​

Infrastructure

Train infrastructure is degrading.

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

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