Dwight D Eisenhower started the building of the US interstate system as we know it today. He was inspired by Germany and passed the Federal-Aid Highway Act in 1956. The interstate makes up 46 876 miles of the US roads and runs through all 50 states. Building this network of roads took a long time and a lot of money.
Things you may not know about the interstate that you travel on daily:
It took 17 years to get the interstate started. The first proposal for the interstate network was presented in 1939. However, it took several years to get the plans and funding to actually start this project. It only became a reality in 1956.
Every state owns a piece of the interstate. Each state is responsible for enforcing traffic laws and maintaining their part of the interstate that they own. This means that they are responsible for fixing potholes, lighting, and making sure the roads are safe.
The interstate signs are trademarked. In 1957, a national design competition was held to determine how the signs would look. Senior traffic engineer, Richard Oliver, won the competition and the signs are based on his design.
Interstates and highways with the same number never run through the same state. This would cause too much confusion. In other words, if Highway 70 runs through New York, then Interstate 70 cannot also run there. This is just a hypothetical example.
The interstate is part of an evacuation plan. Part of the initial reasoning behind building the interstate was to have a way to evacuate the big cities in case of a nuclear attack. Today, it is still a good way to go, but it became so much more than just an evacuation plan.
We hope these interesting facts have entertained you. It is often amazing to read how things we take for granted today came to be. We use the interstate almost every day to get where we need to go, but have you ever wondered when it was built or why? Now you know.
Transportation makes the world go round and keeps many businesses alive and trading. The transportation system in any country is very important for its functioning and economics. However, it also has some health benefits. Public transportation can be a much healthier option for both people and the environment. Here is why you should consider leaving your car at home and taking the bus.
1. Using public transportation gives you much-needed exercise. People who use public transportation have to walk between stops and often need to walk to their final destination. This gives them approximately the necessary amount of exercise that we all need daily.
2. Using public transport reduces stress. This may sound strange, but it is true. Public transportation takes people to school and work every day. It gives access to several recreational activities that you may otherwise not be able to attend. It also creates a community cohesion because people get to meet each other and form relationships.
3. Using public transportation is safer than driving a car. The chances of fatal accidents while riding the bus or train is much lower than the chances in a car. Even if the bus were to get in an accident, the chances of fatalities are also lower than that of a car accident.
4. Public transportation is more environmentally friendly. The more cars on the road, the more pollution we have. If more people used public transportation, there would be less pollution. To add to that, many of the buses and trains have been or are being upgraded to vehicles that use alternative fuels and produce less pollution.
5. Using public transportation saves you money. It is much cheaper to take the bus or train than to drive yourself everywhere. Owning a car is expensive because it’s not only gas that you need to pay but car payments, insurance, maintenance, and repairs.
Bottom line, using public transportation will benefit you, your pocket, and the environment. It may take some getting used to, but see of you can start using public transportation more often and save on gas and reduce pollution.
Transportation is one of the things that have changed drastically over the last several hundred years. We went from waterways to railways to highways. Transportation systems and methods have evolved and progressed so drastically that some methods are no longer in use or used very rarely. In future transportation will continue to evolve and progress and soon we will all be driving in flying cars. Throughout the development of transportation, as we know it today, many interesting things happened. Let’s look at a few of these interesting facts about transportation.
Donkeys and horses were domesticated for transportation in 4000BC. Horses were used in Mesopotamia and donkeys in Egypt. They are still used for transport methods in certain places, but today horses are mainly used for recreational purposes.
Trains carry the largest amount of freight. Approximately 40% of the world’s freight is carried by trains. This number continues to increase every year and is up there with air transportation.
There are more cars than people in some places. In the year 1900, there were 8 000 cars owned by Americans. By the year 1920, this number increased to 8 million and in 2000, there were more than 220 million cars owned by Americans. At that point, this number was more than the number of people in America over the age of 18.
The United Stated of America has 3 980 817 miles of road. Of this, there is 2 605 331 miles paved and 1 375 486 unpaved. That is a lot of roads.
Andrew Jackson was the first American president to ride the railways. In 1833, he traveled from Baltimore to Ellicott’s Mills and made history for America.
The first tractor-trailer was made in 1914. When a customer asked Charles Fruehauf for a vehicle that could haul a boat, he invented a trailer to do just that. That was the first invention of a trailer.
There are many more interesting facts to share, but for now, we leave you with that. The development of the transportation system and vehicles is fascinating and can keep us busy for days.