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Economic Investment Strategies

The Economic Investment Strategies Team plans and conducts a program of studies that assess the condition and performance of our nation's highways, bridges, and transit facilities, and provides insight into the implications of various alternative funding scenarios. A blend of expertise in engineering and economics enables this team to break new ground, researching and developing the tools used to conduct these studies to assist the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)leadership.

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Vision: Lead the Federal Highway Administration in the development of effective transportation legislation and policies.

Biennial Condition and Performance Reports

The biennial Condition and Performance (C&P) Report is intended to provide decision makers with an objective appraisal of the physical conditions, operational performances, and financing mechanisms of highways, bridges, and transit systems based both on the current state of these systems and on the projected future state of these systems under a set of alternative future investment scenarios. This report offers a comprehensive, data-driven background to support the 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 24th edition of the Status of the Nation’s Highways, Bridges, and Transit: Conditions and Performance Report to Congress (C&P Report) draws primarily on 2016 data. In assessing recent trends, many of the exhibits presented in this report present statistics for the 10 years from 2006 to 2016. Other charts and tables cover different periods, depending on data availability and years of significance for particular data series. The prospective analyses presented in this report generally cover the 20-year period ending in 2036.

Status of the Nation's Highways, Bridges, and Transit: Conditions & Performance | 24th Edition

Highways and the Economy

Some of the benefits of highway investment are relatively easy to comprehend such as the creation of construction jobs, improved passenger and freight mobility – due to more direct routes, better facilities, and less congestion – and improved access to existing facilities and undeveloped land. But understanding the full, measurable, and long term benefits of highway investment requires focused research. The FHWA seeks to improve our understanding of highway-led employment and productivity growth. This research is valuable for policymakers, State and local officials, academics, and other transportation professionals.


MicroEconomic Evaluation and Investment Analysis

Economic Development

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