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Conditions and Performance Report
Introduction

Conditions and Performance Chapter Listing

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Report Purpose

Report Changes

Highlights of the Report

Report Organization

Highway Data Sources

Bridge Data Sources

Transit Data Sources

Investment Requirement Analytical Procedures

Plans for Future Reports

 

This is the fourth in a series of combined biennial documents prepared by the Department of Transportation which satisfy requirements for reports to Congress on the condition, performance, and future capital investment requirements of the Nation's highway and transit systems. This report incorporates highway and bridge information required in 1999 by Section 502(g) of Title 23 United States Code (U.S.C.), as well as transit system information required in 2000 by Section 308(e) of Title 49 U.S.C. This edition also includes the results of a study on Interstate Needs required by Section 1107(c) of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21).

Beginning in 1993, the Department combined two existing report series that covered highways and transit separately to form this report series. Prior to this, eleven reports had been issued on the condition and performance of the Nation's highway systems, starting in 1968. Five separate reports on the Nation's transit systems' performance and conditions were issued beginning in 1984.

Report Purpose

This document is intended to provide Congress and other decision makers with an objective appraisal of highway, bridge and transit finance, physical conditions, operational performance, and future investment requirements. This report offers a comprehensive, factual background to support development and evaluation of legislative, program, and budget options at all levels of government. It also serves as a primary source of information for national and international news media, transportation associations, and industry.

This report consolidates conditions, performance, and finance data provided by States, local governments, and mass transit operators, to provide a national level summary. Some of these underlying data are available through the Department's regular statistical publications. The future investment requirements analyses are developed specifically for this document and provide national level projections only. The Department does not project future investment requirements for individual States or localities.

Report Changes

Section 5102 of TEA-21 designated the highway and bridge portion of this document as the "Infrastructure Investment Needs Report," and required several changes in the content. This edition of the report has responded to these requirements by adding estimates of the current backlog of cost-beneficial highway and bridge projects, and adding a table to each chapter that directly compares the key statistics from the current report with those from the 1997 edition. An investment requirements scenario showing the costs of maintaining the physical conditions of the highway system has been added, to improve comparability of this report to the 1993 and 1995 versions and to the bridge and transit investment requirements scenarios.
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