Research group details the costs of poor highways

November 23, 2010

Pennsylvania’s deteriorating highway system costs the average motorist up to nearly $1,500 per year in higher vehicle operating costs, traffic accidents and congestion-related delays, according to a new report from a national transportation research group.

The group, known as TRIP, developed the report using data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and PennDOT.  The total cost statewide is $8.2 billion, the report said.

The report, titled “Future Mobility in Pennsylvania: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe and Efficient Mobility,” calculated the cost to motorists in four Pennsylvania urban areas: Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  TRIP conducted news conferences in each of those locations in advance of the heaviest travel days of the year to call attention to traffic congestion and safety issues.

PHIA President Barry Schoch, who participated in one of the events, noted the report is the latest in a series of studies that makes a strong case for repairing and improving transportation infrastructure.

“While there are certainly costs associated with repairing and improving highways, there are perhaps even greater costs associated with not addressing this issue,” Schoch said.  “People care very much about improving highway safety and relieving traffic congestion because these are important quality-of-life issues.  But an adequately funded transportation program would also provide jobs – more than 50,000 of them – at a time when we really need them.”

To view the entire TRIP report, click here. 

One Comment on this post.

  1. Kenneth Rich
    November 23, 2010 at 11:46 am
  2. It’s about the economy…’s about the jobs…..
    Transportation is a keystone for supporting and driving economic growth and job creation — especially now when it is needed most.
    At the state and federal levels, legislative inaction and failure to adequately fund transportation now and for the future, once and for all, will only further shrink the economy and cost more Pennsylvania jobs.
    It’s time we stood together and urged our legislators to get it done — NOW.