America’s surface transportation infrastructure is about to go over a financial cliff


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America's GPA: D+
Estimated Investment Needed by 2020:
$3.6 Trillion


Maryland Key Facts:

Water and Environment


  • Maryland’s dam safety program has 4.75 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 87.6 state regulated dams.
  • Maryland has 68 high hazard dams.
  • 96% of the state regulated dams in Maryland have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Maryland’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $422,987.

Drinking Water

  • Maryland has reported $5.4 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

  • Maryland has 20 sites on the National Priorities List.


  • Maryland has approximately 31 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.


  • Maryland has reported $8.5 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.



  • There are 37 public-use airports in Maryland.


  • 368 of the 5,294 bridges in Maryland (7.0%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 1,099 of the 5,294 bridges in Maryland (20.8%) are considered functionally obsolete.
  • Maryland received $105.1 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.

Inland Waterways

  • Maryland has 530 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 18th in the nation.


  • Maryland’s ports handled 35.3 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 20th in the nation.


  • Maryland has 9 freight railroads covering 755 miles across the state, ranking it 43rd by mileage.


  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Maryland motorists $1.598 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $422 per motorist.
  • 55% of Maryland’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • Maryland has 31,459 public road miles.
  • Maryland’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 9,701 per capita, ranking it 32nd in the nation.
  • Maryland’s gas tax of 23.5 cents per gallon has not been increased in 20 years.


  • Maryland has 141,107 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.

Public Facilities

Parks and Recreation

  • Maryland has reported an unmet need of $121.5 million for its parks system.


  • Public school districts in Maryland spent a total of $3.7 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
  • It is estimated that Maryland schools have $3.9 billion in infrastructure funding needs.


  • Maryland produces 2.241 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 34th.


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