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NY Transportation TRIP Report Feb 2014

NY Transportation TRIP Report Feb 2014

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Published by Derek Hernandez
An analysis of New York roads and the cost of their deterioration.
An analysis of New York roads and the cost of their deterioration.

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Published by: Derek Hernandez on Feb 26, 2014
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Meeting the State’s Need for Safe and Efficient Mobility
202-466-6706 tripnet.org
Founded in 1971, TRIP ® of Washington, DC, is a nonprofit organization that researches, evaluates and distributes economic and technical data on surface transportation issues. TRIP is sponsored by insurance companies, equipment manufacturers, distributors and suppliers; businesses involved in highway and transit engineering and construction; labor unions; and organizations concerned with efficient and safe surface transportation.
Key Transportation Numbers in New York
$20.3 billion
TRIP estimates that New York roadways that lack some desirable safety features, have inadequate capacity to meet travel demands or have poor pavement conditions cost the state’s residents approximately $20.3 billion annually in the form of additional vehicle operating costs, the cost of lost time and wasted fuel due to traffic congestion, and traffic crashes.
$1,622 $1,493 $2,282 $1,285 $1,303
Driving on roads that are congested, deteriorated and that lack some desirable safety features costs the average Albany area driver $1,622 annually. In the Buffalo area, the average driver loses $1,493 each year. New York City area drivers lose $2,282 each year, while drivers in the Rochester area lose $1,285 annually. The average Syracuse driver loses $1,303 each year.
45% 51% 35% 74% 34% 42%
Statewide, 45 percent of New York’s locally and state-maintained major roads are either in poor or mediocre condition. The percentage of major roads in poor or mediocre condition in the state’s largest urban areas are: Albany – 51 percent, Buffalo – 35 percent,  New York City-Newark – 74 percent, Rochester – 34 percent, and Syracuse – 42 percent.
1,185 0.91
From 2008 to 2012, an average of 1,185 people were killed annually in New York traffic crashes, a total of 5,924 fatalities. New York’s traffic fatality rate of 0.91 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel in 2012 was lower than the national average of 1.13.
The fatality rate on New York’s non-interstate rural roads is more than two-and-a-half times higher than that on all other roads in the state (1.79 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel vs. 0.68).
27.5 % 32 % 17.5 % 34.5 % 25 % 26 %
A total of 27.5 percent of New York’s state maintained bridges are currently in need of replacement, reconstruction or rehabilitation. The percentage of state-maintained bridges in need of replacement, reconstruction or rehabilitation in the state’s largest urban areas are: Albany – 32 percent, Buffalo – 17.5 percent, New York City – 34.5 percent, Rochester – 25 percent, and Syracuse – 26 percent.
20 % 15 %
Vehicle miles of travel in New York increased 20 percent from 1990 to 2012 and are expected to increase another 15 percent by 2030.
$3 billion
If a lack of adequate revenue into the Federal Highway Trust Fund is not addressed by Congress, funding for highway and transit improvements in New York could be cut by $3  billion for the federal fiscal year 2015, beginning October 1, 2014.
72 % 22%
Seventy-two percent of the goods shipped annually from sites in New York are carried by trucks and another 22 percent are carried by courier services or multiple mode deliveries, which include trucking.
$1.00 = $5.20
The Federal Highway Administration estimates that each dollar spent on road, highway and bridge improvements results in an average benefit of $5.20 in reduced vehicle maintenance costs, reduced delays, reduced fuel consumption, improved safety, reduced roadway maintenance costs, and reduced emissions.
Executive Summary
 New York’s extensive system of roads, highways and bridges provides the state’s residents, visitors and businesses with a high level of mobility. This transportation system forms the backbone that supports the Empire State’s economy. New York’s surface transportation system enables the state’s residents and visitors to travel to work and school, visit family and friends, and frequent tourist and recreation attractions while providing its businesses with reliable access to customers, materials, suppliers and employees. As New York looks to retain its businesses, maintain its level of economic competitiveness and achieve further economic growth, the state will need to maintain and modernize its roads, highways and bridges by improving the physical condition of its transportation network and enhancing the system’s ability to provide efficient and reliable mobility for motorists and businesses. Making needed improvements to New York’s roads, highways and bridges could also provide a significant boost to the state’s economy by creating  jobs in the short term and stimulating long term economic growth as a result of enhanced mobility and access. With a current unemployment rate of 7.1 percent and with the state’s population continuing to grow, New York must improve its system of roads, highways and bridges to foster economic growth and keep businesses in the state. In addition to economic growth, transportation improvements are needed to ensure safe, reliable mobility and quality of life for all New Yorkers. Meeting New York’s need to modernize and maintain its system of roads, highways and bridges will require a significant boost in local, state and federal funding. Signed into law in July 2012, MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21
 Century Act), MAP-21has improved several procedures that in the past had delayed projects, but it does not address long-term funding challenges facing the federal surface transportation program. The impact of inadequate federal surface transportation revenues could be felt as early as summer of 2014, when the balance in the Highway Account of the federal Highway Trust Fund   is expected to drop below $1 billion, which will trigger delays in the federal reimbursement to states for road, highway and bridge projects. States are expected to respond to this delay in federal reimbursement for road, highway and bridge repairs and improvements by delaying or  postponing numerous projects. As a further result, nationwide federal funding for highways will be cut by almost 100  percent from the current investment level for the fiscal year starting on October 1, 2014 (FY 2015) unless Congress provides additional transportation revenues. This is due to a cash shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund as projected by the Congressional Budget Office.  The level of funding and the provisions of the federal surface transportation program have a significant impact on highway and bridge conditions, roadway safety, transit service, quality of life, and economic development opportunities in New York.

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