Transportation Makes Rhode Island Work!™
INVESTMENT MAKES IT POSSIBLE
Rhode Island’s Economy, Quality of Life & Security Depend on Our Transportation Infrastructure
What We Invest in Our Roads & Bridges (Rhode Island)
What We Invest in Our Roads & Bridges
The average Rhode Island motorist pays 61¢ per day in highway user fees to build and maintain our state’s roads and bridges.
- 20 cents/day through the state gas tax
- 24 cents/day through the federal gas tax
- 11 cents/day through motor vehicle ownership state fees
- 7 cents/day in tolls
The average Rhode Island household spends 8 times more per month for land line and cell phone service than it invests to build and maintain the roads and bridges we use.
Rhode Island spends $258 a year per capita on road and bridge capital improvements. Rhode Island ranks #23 among all U.S. states in this important category. Here’s how we compare to our neighbors:
Driving on poor roads costs the average Rhode Island motorist $662 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.
How Our Money is Spent (Rhode Island)
How Our Money is Spent
This is How We Compare to Neighboring States
Source of Funding for Rhode Island’s Annual Road & Bridge Capital Investment Budget
Over the Past 10 Years
How Rhode Island Invests Its Federal Highway Funds
The federal gas and diesel fuel taxes we pay supported $3 billion in road and bridge work in Rhode Island just over the past 10 years, including $0.5 billion to improve our share of the nation’s Interstate Highway System.
Employment & Tax Impact (Rhode Island)
Employment & Tax Impact
Rhode Island Jobs & Tax Base Supported by Transportation Infrastructure Investment Investments in Rhode Island’s transportation infrastructure supports…
11,727 full time jobs in the state—more than 50% non-construction related. These Rhode Island residents earn $476.3 million annually and contribute $87 million in local, state, and federal taxes.
206,094 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 Rhode Island residents earn $8 billion annually and contribute $1.5 billion in state taxes.
State of Our Roads & Bridges (Rhode Island)
State of Our Roads & Bridges
State and local governments in Rhode Island spent $241 million 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