State of Good Repair
Our Grade: C The ASCE gave Maryland a B- for bridges, a C- for roads, and a C- for transit in its latest evaluation.
Definition: This indicator averages the grades that a state receives from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for roads, bridges, and transit.
Reason: : This is an indicator of whether our transportation system supports economic growth. Transportation infrastructure was a huge factor in the economic growth in the U.S. and in greater Baltimore in the 19th and 20th Centuries and is critical to our competitiveness in the 21st Century. If we let it break down, we choke the flow of goods and people that drive our regional economy.
Who's Doing It Better? Sadly, no state receives A's from the ASCE for its bridges, roads, and public transportation infrastructure. In 2010, it was estimated that deficiencies in America's surface transportation systems cost households and businesses nearly $130 billion.1 This included vehicle operating costs, travel time delays, safety costs and environmental costs. Making it our priority to fix existing infrastructure is an investment in our economic future and essential for improving mobility.