The Nation's Public Transportation Infrastructure Receives "D" Grade from ASCE29-Mar-2013 In their 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the U.S. public transportation infrastructure a "D" grade for the nation's lack of investment. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) notes that this grade should provide a sense of urgency for our nation to focus on increased investment in public transportation. The rating is virtually unchanged from four years ago, which was the last time ASCE examined the state of America's infrastructure. The report titled 'Failure to Act, the Impact of Current Infrastructure Investment on America's Economic Future' also provided success stories of the positive impact of investment in public transit.
The "Failure to Act" report emphasizes that the American economy lost $90 billion in 2010 due to the lack of investment in public transportation. The report also shows that even though public transit ridership increased by 9.1 percent over the past decade, there are still 45 percent of Americans who lack access to public transit in their communities.
Click here to watch an ASCE video of how investment in public transit impacts America.