Transportation Economic Trends
Value of Transportation Infrastructure and Other Assets:
Investment in Transportation
The government (public) and private sector invest in transportation infrastructure (referred to as structures in national data on investment) like highways and streets, which have a fixed location, and transportation equipment like motor vehicles, aircraft, and ships. This page discusses public and private transportation investment. Data and discussion on the value of existing transportation infrastructure and equipment (capital stock) also available.
- In 2020 public and private investment in transportation infrastructure and equipment totaled $355.0 billion, or 11.2 percent of the $3,160.0 billion in investment in all infrastructure and equipment.
- Adjusted for inflation, investment in transportation decreased 24.1 percent in 2020. The largest decline of 30.1 percent occurred in 2009.
- Public investment in transportation increased 0.8 percent in 2020 and remains virtually unchanged over the last decade.
- Private investment in transportation decreased 33.9 percent in 2020. The largest decline of 50.6 percent occurred in 2009.