Most of us grew up in a mobile world based on private cars and interstate highways for fast connectivity to just about everywhere worth going but anyone who drives any distance today … our local Harrisburg transportation network is a good example … will find far more congestion and traffic than ever. And we all know that the infrastructure on which our transportation network is built is fast falling apart and will continue to do so unless a magic solution is found and soon.
It all started in 1956 with the Interstate Highway System which cost $25 billion and a decade to complete and it drove our culture of owning a car which represented freedom. But even the best built highways take bushels of money to maintain and last at best 50 years before having to be completely rebuilt. Want to know the cost to build a new highway today? “Bikenomics” has the answer to this and many more questions of interest. Many millions per square mile and in one case (Boston) more than a billion per mile. Yikes!