Transportation Makes New York Work!

INVESTMENT MAKES IT POSSIBLE

New York’s Economy, Quality of Life & Security Depend on Our Transportation Infrastructure

What We Invest in Our Roads & Bridges (New York)

What We Invest in Our Roads & Bridges

The average New York motorist pays 80¢ per day in highway user fees to build and maintain our state’s roads and bridges.

  • 12 cents/day through the state gas tax
  • 26 cents/day through the federal gas tax
  • 13 cents/day through motor vehicle ownership state fees
  • 30 cents/day in tolls

The average New York household spends 6 times more per month for land line and cell phone service than it invests to build and maintain the roads and bridges we use.

New York spends $172 a year per capita on road and bridge capital improvements. New York ranks #45 among all U.S. states in this important category. Here’s how we compare to our neighbors:

Driving on poor roads costs the average New York motorist $505 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.

How Our Money is Spent (New York)

How Our Money is Spent

This is How the New York Transportation Department Spends Our Highway User Money

This is How We Compare to Neighboring States

Source of Funding for New York’s Annual Road & Bridge Capital Investment Budget
Over the Past 10 Years

How New York Invests Its Federal Highway Funds

The federal gas and diesel fuel taxes we pay supported $32 billion in road and bridge work in New York just over the past 10 years, including $8.8 billion to improve our share of the nation’s Interstate Highway System.

Employment & Tax Impact (New York)

Employment & Tax Impact

New York Jobs & Tax Base Supported by Transportation Infrastructure Investment Investments in New York’s transportation infrastructure supports…

318,604 full time jobs in the state—more than 50% non-construction related.  These New York residents earn $9.8 billion annually and contribute $2 billion in state taxes.

3,518,797 full time jobs in the state in key industries like tourism, trucking, retail sales, agriculture and manufacturing are completely dependent on the state’s transportation infrastructure network.  These New York residents earn $145 billion annually and contribute $26.4 billion in state taxes.

State of Our Roads & Bridges (New York)

State of Our Roads & Bridges

7,692 miles of New York’s major roads — nearly the equivalent of driving from New York City to Taos, New Mexico twice — are in poor condition.

Driving on poor roads costs the average New York motorist $505 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.

1,990 bridges in New York are classified as structurally deficient. This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in “poor” or worse condition by government inspectors. These bridges are crossed 15.5 million times each day.

Placed end-to-end, there are 64 miles of structurally deficient bridges in New York. 814 of these bridges have weight restrictions in place.

State and local governments in New York spent $11 billion on bridge repair and construction contracts over the past five years.

Sources: ARTBA analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Employment and tax information from ARTBA’s 2015 U.S. Transportation Construction Industry Profile. 

Updated June 2016