21st century transportation systems will be vital to future jobs in the U.S., allowing businesses to grow and lowering prices on goods and services purchased by American families. Yet, today the U.S.is behind many of its overseas competitors in investments in our transportation infrastructure. In fact, according to the World Economic Forum, the U.S. fell from 7th to 18th in overall quality of our roads.
The American Society of Civil Engineer's latest (2013) Report Card on America's infrastructure shows the U.S. needs an investment of at least $3.6 trillion over the next five years to improve our transportation systems including roads, railways, inland waterways, locks and dams, levees and sea ports.
The U.S. transportation system fuels the overall economy and individual industries through efficient transport of goods and services. The economic benefits of investing in 21st century transportation infrastructure includes; increased productivity, stabilizing prices on consumable goods and long-term competitiveness. Cansler Consulting understands the need for adequate and long term funding of all modes of transportation systems. Please consider us if we can help with your legislative and regulatory advocacy.
After five years since the last adoption of the (2007) Water Resources Development Act, congressional committees are beginning to focus on the U.S.' water resources infrastructure. The United States maintains 300 commercial ports, 12,000 miles of inland and intra-coastal waterways and about 240 lock chambers, which carry more than $270 billion in U.S. exports and just over half (by value) of U.S. imports.
Once expansion of the Canal is complete, the average size of container ships will increase significantly and impact the operations of most major U.S. ports that handle containerized cargo. This will require needed investment to dredge harbors and channels at marine ports and replace inland waterways lock and dam facilities. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), U.S. marine ports and inland waterways will require an investment in the coming decade of at least $30 billion. Such an investment will help protect U.S. economic growth that depends on these water systems including but not limited to:
Water resources infrastructure provides a good return on investment & creates jobs.
Currently, planned expenditures on waterway infrastructure total about $14 billion; leaving a gap of nearly $16 billion. This comes at a time when Congress and the administration are attempting to find ways to balance needed fiscal austerity and needed investments that will hopefully spur economic growth in the U.S. Like other types of infrastructure that provides enhanced efficiencies throughout product supply chains, water resources infrastructure provides a good return on investment for the U.S as it helps to keep the U.S. globally competitive and creates jobs. Other benefits include levee safety that offers protection to citizen's investments throughout the nation by preventing damage from flooding and other natural disasters.
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