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Innovations Driving the ROI in U.S. Transportation Infrastructure

This publication, which also previews the possibilities of the future, is being shared with all members of Congress and with other key stakeholders around the country to help them better understand why expanded investment in all modes of transportation is critical to Building a Better America! By The American Road & Transportation Builders Association

June 29, 2015

It’s hard to believe that in the early 1900s, America was stuck in the mud.

Railroads were the preferred method of travel, and automobiles and airports were still in their infancy.

Fast forward to 2015. Today, America has the most complex - and sophisticated -  intermodal transportation infrastructure network in the world, and the “pick and shovel” enterprise has long been replaced with a high-tech industry that is driven by some of the nation’s brightest minds.

Apple founder Steve Jobs is credited with saying: “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

This publication, Economy Driven, is chock-full of examples of innovation and leadership by the public and private sectors in delivering transportation infrastructure improvements.

Among some of the noteworthy examples:

  • “Truss Sliding”
  • Deployment of Low-Cost But Highly Effective Safety Enhancements
  • Smart Technology
  • Accelerated Bridge Construction
  • Unprecedented Project Coordination

Of course, the real beneficiaries of the projects highlighted in Economy Driven are the American people. Their tax dollars help finance project design and construction.


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