Developing Roads, Rails, Airports, Sea Ports, and Inland Waterways

Updating existing roads, rails, airports, seaports, and inland waterways and developing new facilities according to growth forecasts will improve both import export efficiency and national security involving freight and passenger transportation.

 

International points of entry to the US including airports and seaports, and roads continue to be vulnerable targets for illegal trafficking, cyber attacks, and attacks using explosives. The efficiency of running these points of entry are also vital to the speed and quality of import export facilities to maintain global competitiveness with other import and exports markets such as China.

 

In some geographic areas, integrating transportation including airports, seaports, and canals with rail lines in addition to roads could improve import export logistics, cut commercial fuel costs,  and reduce the risk of crimes such as cyber attacks, theft, and other threats to cargo and passengers.

National Security and Economic Threat Necessitate New Development

Growing demands of passenger and freight transportation are clogging both airports and connected road systems. Developing regional rail lines with fast fuel efficient trains between international and regional airports will help absorb increasing demands for faster transport logistics, passenger travel.

The additional ticketing solutions between air and rail traffic will enable further passenger and freight travel options when overbooking and weather conditions cause airports to clog and when roads become jammed. By connecting this infrastructure, the costs of airport and road infrastructure could decrease while state and national GDP can rise due to added efficiency in freight, including heavy cargo, and passenger transportation.

30 core airports handled 79% of all domestic and international air freight (by weight) in 2015

Air and ground congestion at major airports and regions are the most significant economic threat to aviation.

The US needs $1,101 trillion for surface transportation.

Sitting in road traffic wasted 3.1 billion gallons of fuel in 2015.

The demand for freight railroad doubled in 2015 from 1980 the reach of rails has declined.

Aviation Infrastructure like Airports Need $42 Billion

Larger Ships Need Wider Canals for Inland Water Transport

Following Through from National Investments to Global Development

The US is looking to help developing countries in the Middle East and Africa with security and infrastructure building. The international development of global air travel hubs could help fund supersonic flights. Heavy cargo transportation could be diverted to more fuel efficient regional rail and inland water systems. By building transportation resources in developing allied countries, international business including manufacturing, importing, and exporting commodities for international trade may become more efficient and more globally secure.  

Helping Developing Countries Nurture their Economies

This process would offer developing countries in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East to alternatives to China, Russia, and EU assistance. It would also provide developing countries the necessary groundwork to begin or further develop industry diversification needed to help establish local economies. This would likely include education and training for employment opportunities, worker benefits, and improve ongoing economic growth and stability long term.

Utilizing Bilateral Trade Agreements with International Public-Private Partnerships

One mine in Afghanistan or South Africa could help supply material to build roads not only there, but also inside the US and other allied countries that are also in development. This would further enable those countries to cultivate diplomatic relationships and international alliances with trade. By enabling public private partnerships to work internationally in line with bilateral trade agreements between the US and developing countries, the problem of international infrastructure investment gaps could be overcome while stimulating job and industry growth along entire supply chains, import export logistics, industry diversification, and foreign direct investment. Because heavy construction companies have had to grow internationally in order to survive domestic environmental and economic set-backs, this serves as an advantage to companies with established international foot prints. 

While infrastructure development is often categorized as separate domestic items requiring separate financing and engagements, the construction process demands a more entangled approach between construction sites and material supplies globally, multifunctional and scalable design that can be replicated many times over in different environments, and investments that give back in revenue generation. Revenue generated from ticketing and new banking means and methods could enable some infrastructure to go beyond self-sustainability and contribute to other areas like rebuilding social security and financing for life-long healthcare for military vets. As social security is suffering in the US, many developing countries don’t have established pension plans for government employees or national healthcare systems independent from international aid programs. 

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