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The State of Transportation in the States

from U.S. News & World Report

The nation's roads and bridges are in disrepair and there's not remotely enough money available to fix them. Train travel is uneven and expensive. Mass transit use nationally is down, frustrating officials' efforts to get more cars off the road and reduce congestion. Driving on toll roads can end up costing more per minute than a spa massage, a call to a psychic hotline or psychotherapy in Manhattan. Traveling by plane can be a hassle, with security screenings and crowds making a trip slower, door to door, than ground travel. ... "Legislators don't want to be on the hook for helping us pay for it," says Brian Pallasch, ASCE's managing director of government relations and infrastructure initiatives. But motorists "are already paying for it" with added car repairs and other costs. "They just don't realize it," he adds. Transportation is Americans' second-largest household expenditure, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. more

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