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  • When we started this study, we sought to document the effect that surface transportation deficiencies have, and will continue to have, on U.S. economic performance. For example, in 2010, there was a gap of 48% between what was needed to avoid deficiencies in highways, and what was being invested. As a result, 18% of the miles driven by American motorists were spent in congested traffic, and 31% of those miles were on deficient pavement.We found that at current levels of investment, surface transportation conditions will continue to deteriorate over time, in some cases, dramatically. There is some better news. An investment between now and 2020 can prevent these consequences.
  • We found that deteriorating transportation infrastructure imposes costs on American households and businesses in a number of ways.First, facilities in poor condition lead to increases in operating costs for trucks, cars, and rail vehicles. These costs include: damage to vehicles from deteriorated roadway surfaces, additional miles traveled and time wasted to avoid unusable or heavily congested roadways or due because of the breakdown of transit vehicles, and the added cost of repairing poorly maintained facilities as opposed to preserving them in good condition. Secondly, increased congestion decreases the reliability of transportation facilities. That means that travelers are forced to allot more time for commuting, to assure on-time arrivals for other trips, and for freight vehicles, on-time delivery.  Finally, deficient transportation infrastructure imposes environmental and safety costs.
  • America will also lose jobs in high-value sectors as business income goes down. Almost 877,000 jobs would be lost by 2020, primarily in the high-value, professional, business and medical sectors which are vital to America’s knowledge-based service economy. Those job losses will be partially offset by new jobs in the few sectors that benefit from deficient transportation – auto repair, deliveries and the like.  Ultimately, Americans will get paid less. While the economy will lose jobs overall, those who are able to find work will find their paychecks cut because of the ripple effects that will occur through the economy. Our findings show that a failing infrastructure will drive the cost of doing business up by adding 430 billion dollars to transportation costs in the next decade. It will cost firms more to ship good, and the raw materials they buy will cost more because of increased transportation costs.
  • Bsces rtgma presentation for mapd conference060712

    1. 1. Peter A. Richardson, P.E., LEED AP, CFMVice President, Green International Affiliates, Inc.President-Elect, Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section/ASCEPublic Infrastructure in MassachusettsCosts, Strategies, and Funding
    2. 2. Presentation Outline• Infrastructure Funding Challenges at theNational, State, and Local Levels.• What are the Consequences if we “Fail to Act” anddon’t invest properly in infrastructure?• Strategies that can be employed to improve ourinfrastructure.• Questions and Discussion.
    3. 3. Infrastructure Challenges at theNational, State and Local Levels
    4. 4. At the National LevelIn 2009, ASCE gave the nation’sinfrastructure a cumulative gradeof D, citing a total need of $2.2Trillion over the next 5 years.
    5. 5. At the National Level
    6. 6. At the National Level
    7. 7. {At the National Level
    8. 8. {At the National Level
    9. 9. {At the State LevelUpdated in 2012, Raising theGrade in Massachusettsfocuses attention on the stateof our infrastructure. Its mainpurpose is to educate thegeneral public and ourlegislators as to theimportance ofdesigning, maintaining, andfunding our infrastructure ina sustainable manner.
    10. 10. At the State Level• In 2007, MA Transportation Finance Commission Study estimated afunding gap of $15 to $20 Billion over the next 20 years• In 2011, the Sate Auditor reported that $60 million is needed to address100 publically owned dams in unsafe/poor condition. MA hasapproximately 2,900 private and publically owned dams• In 2012, the Massachusetts Water Infrastructure Finance Commissionidentified a total 20 year funding gap of $39.4 Billion for waterinfrastructure as follows: Drinking water $10.2 Billion; Clean water$11.2 Billion; and Stormwater $18 Billion
    11. 11. At the Local Level• Decreases in State Aid• Unfunded Federal Mandates (i.e. NPDES)• Lack of Capital Improvement Plans and Asset ManagementStrategies• Lack of State and/or Regional Infrastructure Plans• Deferred Maintenance• No political will to raise taxes, fees and/or rates• True cost to deliver services not completely understood• Misguided priorities; residents “don’t like” when theircable bill goes up, but they are “outraged” whenwater/sewer rates go up
    12. 12. How Much Investment is Enough?• The US invests approximately 2.4% of its GDP oninfrastructure, while Europe invests approximately 5% andChina invests nearly 10%.• Can we really expect to remain competitive in a worldeconomy if don’t invest more in our infrastructure?• The need to fund our infrastructure in a sustainable manneris an issue that all political parties should support.
    13. 13. if we “Fail to Act”?
    14. 14.  Facilities in poor condition cause: Damage to vehicles Detours and wasted time Increased maintenance costs Decreased reliability causes: Longer travel time for on-time arrivals and deliveries Environmental and safety costs from: Wasted energy Higher emissions Exposure to public health risksThe Costs
    15. 15. Impacts from not Adequately Funding Transportation
    16. 16. Impacts from not Adequately Funding Water Infrastructure
    17. 17. Impacts from not Adequately Funding Electrical Infrastructure
    18. 18. Strategies that can be Employed toImprove our Infrastructure
    19. 19. ASCE’s Five Key Solutionsat the National Level1. Increase federal leadership2. Promote sustainability & resilience toprotect the natural environment3. Develop national, regional and stateinfrastructure plans4. Address life-cycle costs and ongoingmaintenance5. Increase & improve investment from allstakeholders
    20. 20. Action Steps at the State Level
    21. 21. Action Steps at the Local Level• Get Sustainable (using the triple bottom line)• Investigate New Technologies• Look at alternative procurement methods• Form Public Private Partnerships (P3)• Use Qualification Based Selection• Create dedicated maintenance accounts• Develop Capital Improvement Plans (CIP’s)• Develop Asset Management Programs• Create Stormwater Utilities• Use the Pareto Principle and Prioritize!
    22. 22. Action Steps at the Association Level• Educate our members and the public• Work with other groups and form coalitions• Support Lawmakers who support infrastructure• Engage the media
    23. 23. ? Questions ?