What's Wrong with U.S. Transportation Infrastructure—

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 11, Pg. 58-61

Document Type: Feature article


Federal spending for public works is being cut back. State, county and city administrations will have to bear a larger share of the load. In the case of railroads, in some areas, track mileage is more extensive than traffic and revenues will justify and cutbacks will be required. Iowa has developed a cost/benefit mathematical model to approach the problem. In the case of highways, in addition to calculating costs of needed highway work, highway departments will have to calculate costs and benefits to the surrounding communities. The best alternative will then be selected. Case histories are presented.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Highways and roads | Infrastructure | Benefit cost ratios | Federal government | Load factors | Railroad tracks | Rail transportation | Iowa | United States

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