Philadelphia Amtrak Crash A Sign Of Other Infrastructure Problems


The real cause behind the Philadelphia Amtrak crash that killed eight people earlier this year remains in dispute. Amtrak officials say it was solely the fault of the train’s operator, but transportation advocates argue that the crash could have been avoided if Congress had ensured that positive train control mechanisms were in place. Nonetheless, many say that the infrastructure problems involving the nation’s railways are insignificant compared to the infrastructure problems with other modes of transportation. Here are some startling and potentially terrifying statistics:

  • The American Society of Civil Engineers says that many of the bridges in the United States are in desperate need of repair. They put the costs of making those bridges safe at $76 billion.
  • Experts say that the total amount spent annually to maintain roadways in the United States—approximately $45 billion, is less than half of what really needs to be spent.
  • Authorities say that nearly 200,000 miles of highways in the United States are considered in poor or mediocre shape.

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