ACPA is encouraging members, chapter/states, and our technology partners to join the discussion on both the need and the urgency of investing in our nation’s surface transporation infrastructure, and in particular, highways and bridges. ACPA has initiated a social media campaign in direct support of The Road Information Program (TRIP).
We invite you to use these messages in your own social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.). Special thanks to Will Wilkins and Lisa Templeton at TRIP for supplying the reports and fact sheets ACPA staff used to create these messages. Feel free to use the photos and the corresonding messages, or alternatively, customize the messages if you’d like. In our cust0mization of the messages, we’ve added “Now is the Time” to the graphics to emphasize the urgency and to tie into upcoming meetings and ongoing discussions in Washington, DC.
Last, but not least, for those of you familiar with social media, be sure to “tag” both ACPA and TRIP so we can keep the momentum going!
Investment messages (right click images to download). Messages are paired with the image appearing directly below the lines of text.
#Infrastructure investment boosts the economy, says .@TRIP_Inc. In the short time, investment in our highways and bridges creates well-paying jobs in #construction and related fields.
#Infrastructure investment boosts the economy, says .@TRIP_Inc. In the long-term, investments enhance economic competitiveness & improve quality of life by reducing travel delays & transportation costs, improving access & mobility, improving safety, and sustaining job growth.
According to @TRIP_Inc., a recent AASHTO Transportation Bottom Line Report reveals annual investment in the nation’s roads, highways and bridges needs to increase from $88B to $120B. The report also found the backlog in needed road, highway and bridge improvements is $740B.
Why is #infrastructure investment so important? One reason is 72% of the $16.8 trillion of goods shipped in the U.S. is carried in trucks on #highways, says .@TRIP_Inc. An additional 14% travels by rail, water, #USPS or couriers, which use multiple modes, including highways.
Highway and Bridge Condition messages
Road conditions are another reason we need #infrastructure investment now. According to @TRIP_Inc., a recent AASHTO Transportation Bottom Line Report reveals annual investment in the nation’s roads, highways and bridges needs to increase from $88B to $120B. The report also found the backlog in needed road, highway and bridge improvements is $740B.
Highway accessibility was ranked the #1 one site selection factor in a 2017 survey of corporate executives by AREA DEVELOPMENT magazine. Labor costs & skilled labor availability (both impacted by site accessibility), were rated 2nd & 3rd, respectively, according to @TRIP_Inc.
Forty-five percent of America’s major urban Interstates experience congestion during peak hours, acccording to .@TRIP_Inc . Traffic congestion costs American motorists $170 billion a year in wasted time and fuel costs.
Forty-five percent of America’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition. Driving on roads in need of repair costs U.S. motorists $131 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $616 per motorist, according to .@TRIP_Inc.
There were 37,133 traffic fatalities in 2017 in the US, according to .@TRIP_Inc. Roadway features are likely a contributing factor in about 1/3 of traffic fatalities. Between 2013 and 2017, 175,080 people died on U.S. highways. The time is now to #invest in our #infrastructure.
Crashes in which roadway design was likely a contributing factor cost U.S. motorists $102.4B/year year in medical costs, lost productivity, travel delays workplace costs, insurance costs and legal costs, according to .@TRIP_Inc. The time for #infrastructure #investment is now.
According to a study conducted by the Federal Highway Administration, $100 million spent on highway safety improvements will save 145 lives over a 10-year period, according to .@TRIP_Inc. The time for #infrastructure #investment is now.