Motorists in the metropolitan san jose area pay 756

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Unformatted text preview: season begins. Poor conditions of roads cost the average motorist who regularly drives in cities more than $400 annually in additional vehicle maintenance, the new Treasury Department report says. Motorists in the metropolitan San Jose area pay $756 annually in extra maintenance because of poor roads — more than any urban area. Poor roads, the report says, cost $746 extra in yearly maintenance for Los Angeles area motorists and $640 for motorists in the New York-Newark area. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, says the Treasury Department report is "the latest reminder that it's time to stop the partisan bickering in Washington and invest in our nation's infrastructure ." Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, did not comment on the report. "We haven't yet fully reviewed this yet," says committee spokesman Justin Harclerode. Other report findings: •An annual investment of $85 billion over the next 20 years would be required, according to the Department of Transportation, "to bring existing highways and bridges into a state of good repair." •For 90% of Americans, the report says, transportation costs absorb $1 of every $7 of income. The average American family spends more than $7,600 annually on transportation — more than it spends on food and twice what it spends on out-of-pocket health care costs, according to the report. •During the past 15 years, there was a sharp increase in transit system ridership from nearly 8 billion in 1996 to 10.4 billion in 2011. A main factor in the growth was increased ridership in heavy and light rail, which had a combined ridership growth of more than 70%. •America invests less in transportation infrastructure than other countries. The U nited States spends about 2% of the gross domestic product on infrastructure. China, India and Europe spend about 9%, 8% and 5% of GDP, respectively, on infrastructure. 25 Last printed 9/4/2009 7:00:00 PM Oil DDW 2012 1 26 Oil DDW 2012 1 Link – Next Gen 27 Last printed 9/4/2009 7:00:00 PM Oil DDW 2012 1 Federal investment in Next Gen cuts emissions and fuel use – that causes surplus Schrader ’11 [Ann Schrader contributor to the Denver Post, “Air-traffic control's next generation may give airlines' fuel-savings, fliers a lift”] Plans to transform the nation's air-traffic control system promise to revolutionize the skies . But how quickly that happens will depend on whether the government and airlines are willing to foot the bill for the massive overhaul . Called the Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen, the program aims to implement new technologies, with the backbone being the replacement of ground-based radar with a satellite-based system to track aircraft. Federal aviation and airline industry officials say NextGen will make the skies safer, reduce flight delays, allow more...
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