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United States Transport Stats

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The United States built some of the best roads, bridges and railways. The country’s transportation industry is very competitive. Multinational corporations that invested in this sector are involved in the movement of goods all through the world’s biggest consumer market.

In 2011, spending in logistics and transportation reached almost $1.3 trillion in 2011. It averaged 8.5 percent of annual gross domestic product. This grew by 3.4 percent in 2012 which is roughly $43 billion. However, this is still ½ the increase from 2011. Nonetheless, this well integrated supply chain network in the United States hooks up producers and consumers via multiple transportation means. These include air and express delivery services, freight rail, maritime transport, and truck transport. Multinational and domestic companies provide customized logistics and transportation solutions that ensure coordinated movement of commodities from origin to end user. The goal is achieved through various supply chain network segments. This results in efficient service for the general public.

However, traffic congestion in urban areas is costing the government, private sector and people waste of time and resources. The auto-centric transport system which was built 100 years ago has brought about increasing pollution and dependence on oil. After more than five decades of constructing modern highways, the nation does not yet have the ability to get out of the traffic jam. New road capacity is quickly filled up and the fiscal burden of its maintenance further compounds the problem. Stakeholders in this industry believe that there should be a more balanced transportation system that provides Americans with more options. People should be able to travel shorter distances or less frequently land conveyance.

Definitions

  • Air transport > Passengers carried: Air passengers carried include both domestic and international aircraft passengers of air carriers registered in the country.
  • Airports: Total number of airports. Runways must be useable, but may be unpaved. May not have facilities for refuelling, maintenance, or air traffic control.
  • Commute > Distance: Distance. Based on 0-50 contributions for Argentina, Armenia, Austria and 63 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Germany and 5 more countries and over 100 contributions for Canada, India, and United States. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from January, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "Distance".
  • Highways > Total > Per capita: total length of the highway system Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Motor vehicles: Motor vehicles per 1,000 people
  • Motor vehicles > Per 1,000 people: Motor vehicles include cars, buses, and freight vehicles but do not include two-wheelers. Population refers to midyear population in the year for which data are available."
  • Passenger cars > Per 1,000 people: Passenger cars refer to road motor vehicles, other than two-wheelers, intended for the carriage of passengers and designed to seat no more than nine people (including the driver)."
  • Ports and terminals: This entry lists major ports and terminals primarily on the basis of the amount of cargo tonnage shipped through the facilities on an annual basis. In some instances, the number of containers handled or ship visits were also considered.
  • Road > Expressway length: Expressway length (km).

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Road > Motor vehicles per 1000 people: Motor vehicles per 1000 people.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Road > Motorway length: Total network length of all motorways in km.
  • Road density > Km of road per 100 sq. km of land area: Road density is the ratio of the length of the country's total road network to the country's land area. The road network includes all roads in the country: motorways, highways, main or national roads, secondary or regional roads, and other urban and rural roads."
  • Road network length > Km: Length of road network in kilometers in European Union countries.
  • Vehicles > Per km of road: Vehicles per kilometer of road include cars, buses, and freight vehicles but do not include two-wheelers. Roads refer to motorways, highways, main or national roads, secondary or regional roads, and other roads. A motorway is a road specially designed and built for motor traffic that separates the traffic flowing in opposite directions."
  • Waterways: The total length and individual names of navigable rivers, canals, and other inland bodies of water.
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Air transport > Passengers carried 701.78 million 2008 1st out of 101
Airports 13,513 2013 1st out of 235
Commute > Distance 8.79 km 2014 8th out of 38
Highways > Total > Per capita 22.22 km per 1,000 people 2002 2nd out of 3
Motor vehicles 765 motor vehicles per 100 p 1996 1st out of 15
Motor vehicles > Per 1,000 people 819.79 2007 3rd out of 141
Passenger cars > Per 1,000 people 450.67 2007 23th out of 134
Ports and terminals cargo ports (tonnage): Baton Rouge, Corpus Christi, Hampton Roads, Houston, Long Beach, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Plaquemines, Tampa, Texas City
container ports (TEUs): Los Angeles (7,849,985), Long Beach (6,350,125), New York/New Jersey (5,265,058), Savannah (2,616,126), Oakland (2,236,244), Hampton Roads (2,083,278) (2008)
cruise departure ports (passengers): Miami (2,032,000), Port Everglades (1,277,000), Port Canaveral (1,189,000), Seattle (430,000), Long Beach (415,000) (2009)
oil terminals: LOOP terminal, Haymark terminal
2013
Road > Expressway length 76,334 km 2014 2nd out of 59
Road > Motor vehicles per 1000 people 797 2014 3rd out of 191
Road > Motorway length 75,008 km 2014 1st out of 25
Road density > Km of road per 100 sq. km of land area 68 2005 27th out of 61
Road network length > Km 2014 1st out of 219
Vehicles > Per km of road 31 2005 26th out of 49
Waterways 41,009 km 2012 2nd out of 31

SOURCES: International Civil Aviation Organisation, Civil Aviation Statistics of the World and ICAO staff estimates.; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; traffic; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; United Nations World Statistics Pocketbook and Statistical Yearbook; International Road Federation, World Road Statistics and data files.; Wikipedia: List of countries by road network size; Wikipedia: List of countries by vehicles per capita; https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2085.html, Roadways.; International Road Federation, World Road Statistics and electronic files, except where noted.

Citation

"United States Transport Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/United-States/Transport

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United States Transport Profiles (Subcategories)

Airports 48 Railways 17
Air transport 6 Road 15
Commute 9 Roads 17
Highways 9 Road sector energy 3
Maritime 120 Roadways 6
Merchant marine 20 Space 11
Pipelines 6 Transport services 3
Rail 4

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The United States built some of the best roads, bridges and railways. The country’s transportation industry is very competitive. Multinational corporations that invested in this sector are involved in the movement of goods all through the world’s biggest consumer market.

In 2011, spending in logistics and transportation reached almost $1.3 trillion in 2011. It averaged 8.5 percent of annual gross domestic product. This grew by 3.4 percent in 2012 which is roughly $43 billion. However, this is still ½ the increase from 2011. Nonetheless, this well integrated supply chain network in the United States hooks up producers and consumers via multiple transportation means. These include air and express delivery services, freight rail, maritime transport, and truck transport. Multinational and domestic companies provide customized logistics and transportation solutions that ensure coordinated movement of commodities from origin to end user. The goal is achieved through various supply chain network segments. This results in efficient service for the general public.

However, traffic congestion in urban areas is costing the government, private sector and people waste of time and resources. The auto-centric transport system which was built 100 years ago has brought about increasing pollution and dependence on oil. After more than five decades of constructing modern highways, the nation does not yet have the ability to get out of the traffic jam. New road capacity is quickly filled up and the fiscal burden of its maintenance further compounds the problem. Stakeholders in this industry believe that there should be a more balanced transportation system that provides Americans with more options. People should be able to travel shorter distances or less frequently land conveyance.

Posted on 20 May 2014

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