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Top 9 threats to transportation

January 14, 2009

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The top nine threats to transportation, according to Kansas University’s Transportation Research Institute:

• Transportation planning. Political competition for federal funds hinders good sense, efficiency and economic sustainability of systems.

• Congestion. Rush-hour travel delay has doubled since 1982.

• Energy prices and independence. Transportation sector is 97 percent dependent on oil.

• Global warming. U.S. transportation sector generates nearly a third of U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions, and about 9 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions.

• Finance and investment. The account for federal highway programs is $4.3 billion short for this year, as revenue from fuel taxes declines.

• Deteriorating infrastructure and capacity. One in eight bridges is “structurally deficient,” about the same number considered “functionally obsolete.”

• Human capital. The country is running short on transportation engineers, innovators, white-collar workers and — yes — even researchers.

• Driver distraction. More than 1 million drivers are on their cell phones at any point during the day, and all are 5.36 times more likely to be in an accident than other drivers.

• Aging drivers. Elderly drivers are more likely to get into accidents, and baby boomers are getting older.

Comments

Chris Ogle 6 years, 4 months ago

Driver distraction. More than 1 million drivers are on their cell phones at any point during the day, and all are 5.36 times more likely to be in an accident than other drivers.-------------------------------Could you be more exact?

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