HNTB finds Americans pay an average of less than $25 a month to maintain the roadways and bridges essential to mobility and the nation’s vitality

WASHINGTON (PRWEB) January 13, 2020
American families pony up thousands of dollars a year to use critical services such as electricity, water and broadband, but an analysis of available data by HNTB Corporation shows that, on average, families pay far less for the critical transportation network that powers economies, strengthens communities and improves quality of life.
On average, American drivers pay just $274.69 annually in gas taxes (federal + state taxes) at the pump, the primary source of funding for the upkeep and improvement of U.S. roads and bridges. Compared to other critical public services, the cost for their transportation systems lags far behind. Household expenses for annual average electric bills in the U.S. ran $1,340 in 2017 according to the U.S. Energy Administration. Forbes reported that annual broadband internet service totaled $794.04 that year and Statista reported that a family of four paid an average annual water bill of $844.68 last year. Individually, Americans’ mobile phone bills average nearly $100 a month or $1,200 per year, according to bill pay service Doxo.
“Think of it this way: the bills we pay monthly for critical services like electricity and water largely go to the utility companies and municipalities that provide these services,” said John Barton, senior vice president and national DOT practice leader for HNTB. “That is not so when it comes to transportation. Transportation is a utility and should be viewed as such. Mobility providers—the governments that build and maintain roadways, bridges, paths and transit systems so we can get to work or school, feed our families, supply our homes and enjoy our communities—see only a fraction of what Americans pay on average at the pump to deliver such an essential service. Typically, less than 20% of what we pay at the pump actually goes to fund our transportation system.”
“The low fuel taxes we pay are simply not enough to maintain our systems, let alone build or improve capacity,” explained Barton.
Looking for additional transportation revenue now, dozens of states across the country are raising gas taxes to help fund mounting transportation infrastructure needs and plan for the future. Even with those taxes, annual vehicle registration and other fees, funding continues to fall short as more efficient automobile engines use less gas and electric vehicles, which are quickly increasing in number, use none.
Conversely, the federal government hasn’t raised its gas tax since 1993, and the highway trust fund is woefully underfunded.
“Congress needs to think differently, think big and pass a long-term sustainable reauthorization package for surface transportation funding. It can step up communications efforts that educate Americans about the important utility of our roadways and other ways to pay for them,” Barton said. “A higher federal gas tax indexed to inflation can help quickly, but new ideas are needed, too. Mobility is vital to daily life—getting to work, school, recreation, healthcare, the grocery store, grandma’s house, the airport, moving the products and services we all consume each day—and it deserves investment levels that recognize that.”
About the NumbersHNTB reviewed state and federal gas tax data from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association and calculated average gas tax by reviewing most recent (2017) data from the Federal Highway Administration that showed average miles driven in each state, dividing it by the average 2016 miles per gallon for U.S. cars and trucks as reported by the Environmental Protection Agency and multiplying it by the average total state and federal gas tax.
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Stressed Out by Stuff, Americans Resolve to Tackle Clutter in 2020

NEW YORK (PRWEB) January 07, 2020
Getting organized, simplifying life and having a smaller footprint on the environment were the top New Year’s resolutions in a recent nationwide survey by Mercari, a popular resale marketplace app. They found that most Americans believe they could pocket $723 just by selling stuff they don’t use, and the average American household has 42 items they don’t use. In fact, nearly 20% of women still have unused holiday gifts in their homes from 2018! Recently, Patty Morrissey, Chief Organizing Expert at Mercari, teamed with YourUpdateTV to discuss the results of the survey and share her secrets to getting organized in the New Year.
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Stressed Out by Stuff in 2019 and looking for a fresh start in 2020
Survey respondents say they’re awash in things they’re no longer using:
Sixty-three percent of Americans (63%) say they “have too much stuff” — about the same percentage who say they have at least one closet, drawer or room in their home “filled with stuff I don’t need” (59%).
More than one-third of Americans (38%) say they’ve experienced “extreme anxiety” due to a messy, disorganized home. And more than one in five (21%) said they have actually lost sleep for this reason.
Taming the Beast in 2020
Many Americans say they’ve resolved to tackle clutter in 2020 — but how we go about it varies based on our age and gender:
More than one-third (38%) of respondents said that simplifying their life and “accumulating less stuff” is one of their New Year’s resolutions for 2020.
Nearly 1 in 3 (30%) of Gen Z respondents plan to sell their unwanted gifts, more than triple the percentage of Baby Boomers (9%) who say they plan to do so.
Gen Xers are a little more likely to “regift” their holiday gift rejects — 32% plan to give unwanted holiday presents as gifts, vs. 28% of respondents overall.
Women are slightly more likely than men to regift: 30% said they’d regift unwanted presents, vs. 25% of men.
Men are more likely than women to just hold onto unwanted gifts: 26%, vs. 19% of women.
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Survey MethodologyMercari commissioned YouGov PLC to conduct omnibus survey of 1,174 American adults. Fieldwork was undertaken December 18-19, 2019. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all US adults (aged 18+).
About Patty Morissey:Patty Morissey is Mercari’sChief Organizing Expert at Mercari and frequently quoted expert in national media outlets and guest on television shows across the country. As an organizing and lifestyle consultant, Patty applies her experience in clinical social work to unpack both the physical and emotional stuff that’s getting in your way so that you can become the person you are meant to be. In 2016, she became one of the first certified KonMari Consultants in the world outside of Japan.
About Mercari:Mercari is The Selling App. We make it super easy to sell (or buy) almost anything. We all have things we don’t use, never used or simply outgrew. But that stuff still has value. Mercari gives you the power to simply sell it, ship it, and earn some cash for it. Fashion to toys. Sporting goods to electronics. All the brands you know and love. Our mission is simple: to make selling easier than buying. And with more than 45 million downloads in the U.S. and 150,000 new listings every day, we’re just getting started.
About YourUpdateTV:YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content, produced by award-winning video communications firm, D S Simon Media ( It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology.

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