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Paving the Way

The Ports-to-Plains Alliance is empowering communities and businesses by paving the way for change in three critical areas; safety, economic development and transportation funding.

SAFETY

The number of trucks moving along the Corridor is expected to dramatically increase over the next three decades. In fact, the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) estimates a 104% increase in value of goods exported to Corridor states during that time resulting in up to 65% more trucks on the road. Those trucks will either travel a safer, more efficient Ports-to-Plains Alliance Corridor or they will add to the already congested highways.

Currently, more than 42,000 Americans are killed every year on our nation's highways and another 3 million are injured. Nearly 60 percent of those fatalities occur on two-lane rural roads. One reason is because many trucks are governed to speeds slower than the posted speed limit due to the need for fuel inefficiencies. Other trucks and passenger vehicles wanting to travel the speed limit often become impatient and try to pass on two-lane highways resulting in dangerous situations.

Accidents will be significantly reduced on current two-lane segments of the Corridor when they are upgraded to four-lane divided highways. By 2030, the total reduction in wrecks associated with improvement transportation along the Corridor is estimated to be approximately 3,296 for property damage only accidents, 1,369 involving injury and approximately 70 involving a fatality.
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 
Movement by trucks along the Ports -to – Plains Alliance Corridor plays a significant role in expanding and maintaining the economies of communities along the route. Currently, an estimated $96 billion is being exported between Corridor states, but with a robust transportation system, the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) projects that number could go up to $195 billion by 2040.

Additionally, Corridor communities are able to attract new primary industries, which produce products sold outside that community, by providing a highway system that allows for the successful and timely transport of those products to other markets.

A well-maintained highway system also benefits families who live in Corridor communities who might otherwise be financially burdened. According to the Road Information Project out of Washington, D.C., deficient roads in the state of Oklahoma cost Oklahoma City area drivers $2,242 every year. The Ports-to-Plains Alliance works to keep that money in the pocket of residents by ensuring adequate transportation funding.

On an international scale, the Corridor helps fuel $280 billion in trade with Canada and Mexico, which is more than 25% of all U.S. trade with those countries.
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TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

 
The Ports-to-Plains Alliance is the driving force behind nearly $2 billion in transportation funding on the state and federal levels over the past two decades.

Members successfully guide policy by maintaining strong working relationships with legislators on both sides of the aisle. Regular visits to Washington for face-to-face meetings help ensure proper funding for the Ports-to-Plains Alliance Corridor, as do letters of support endorsing member projects.

Since its inception in 1995, the Ports-to-Plains Alliance has overseen the expansion of 54% of the 3,088 miles of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor from Texas to Montana to four-lane highways or better.

In 2015 alone, more than $557 million in expansion or reliever projects were completed or under construction because of work done by the Ports-to-Plains Corridor Alliance.