Efficient Transport for the Global Economy
Infrastructure in these megaregions is important because they offer competitive advantages when dealing with similar regions in other world markets. The number of people living in metropolitan areas in the past 50 years has increased from 85 million to 225 million and is expected to go up to 350 million in the next 50 years. This demands urgent attention to the transportation sector as over 80 percent of the country’s GDP is generated from these areas. This is especially important and challenging because America has always invested in the existing infrastructure rather than investing in building infrastructure that would be needed in the next 50 years. To keep America competitive, to reduce congestion, and to meet the 21st-century metropolitan mobility needs, America has to wake up to the reality of enhancing the transportation sector. Transportation includes the roadways, the national highways, building intercity passenger rail system, connecting rural America through roads which could and theTo meet this growing demand due to population increase, the current 75,000 interstate lane-miles have to be increased by 40,000 lane miles. This would only reduce the current congestion in the urban areas but to sustain the traffic system on the highways, another 50,000 lane-miles would have to be added. To provide further space to the public transport system like buses, autos, trucks, and vans another 8000 centerline miles would have to be added. In addition, an efficient Intercity Passenger Rail System is considered a necessity. This could serve as a genuine transportation alternative. This requires planning, technology, and designs that support the vision of regional and national connectivity. Along with the passenger rail service, freight capacity and service also needs to be expanded to compete in the business world. The establishment of infrastructure may require private investment.Even the rural states in America are facing a demand for travel and transportation services.