US Transportation Productivity Study

A Nation’s economic prosperity depends heavily on the efficiency and effectiveness of its transportation infrastructure.  Thirty years have passed since the deregulation of the United States’ transportation industries, which have made notable changes in their operations.  The purpose of Transportation@MIT’s US Transportation Productivity Study is to analyze the productivity trends and data for the transportation industries to understand what improvements have occurred in the past thirty years and why.  

We have researched air and rail, passengers and freight. On the right, our “At A Glance Reports by Mode” provide industry background and a summary of our research by mode.  If you are interested in more details, please see our “Student Theses” section.  Our work will continue in the 2012-2013 year with a study of the trucking industry.

This study was made possible by the generous funding from The Speedwell Foundation and The Shelter Hill Foundation.