This report examines how investments in the United States' transportation infrastructure stimulate business activity and government revenues throughout the nation.

We utilized the sophisticated Input-Output Accounts developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce to track the complex money flows and interactions that occur between the nation's diverse business sectors. This, in tandem with data from the U.S. Census Bureau's "County Business Patterns" report and other public and private sources, allowed us to analyze and quantify the economic impacts of the U.S. transportation construction industry at both the national and state levels.

The results spotlight the unique and synergistic nature of transportation capital investments—how they trigger immediate economic activity that creates and sustains jobs and tax revenues, yet yield long-lived capital assets that facilitate economic activity for many decades to come by providing access to jobs, services, materials and markets.

This report provides:

  • The transportation design and construction industry's very significant impacts on the U.S. and state economies and American quality of life; and
  • The scope and economic utility of the nation's infrastructure network, and the challenges we face in maintaining and improving it to meet future demands.

About the Author

This research was conducted for the ARTBA Transportation Development Foundationby a team led by Dr. Alison Premo Black, senior vice president and chief economist for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Black has a PhD in Economics from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She earned her M.A. in International Economics & Latin American Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and is a magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University with multiple majors.

Prior to joining ARTBA in 2000, she worked as analyst and researcher in the economic section of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and as a researcher in the trade unit of the Organization of American States. Dr. Black is the primary author of numerous transportation market reports, impact studies, surveys and profiles, and has developed various econometric models for forecasting future transportation market activity. She is a frequent speaker before industry and business groups and regularly appears, as an industry expert, in print media and on television and radio.

Visit our website to learn more about our team and available Transportation Construction Market Intelligence Reports.

Alison Premo Black
Senior Vice President
& Chief Economist

phone: 202.289.4434 ext. 205
email: ablack@artba.org