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Why Infrastructure Matters
BY ROB WONDERLING
A strong infrastructure network is the lifeblood of a robust economy. It
allows us to move, work, create, and prosper. When we have a modern
and efficient transportation network, our region can move goods,
services, and people safely and reliably throughout the area which
generates strong economic productivity and quality of life.
Transportation infrastructure has many forms. Philadelphia
International Airport is a lynchpin for our regional economy with a $14.4
billion economic impact. More than 30 million people travel through it
annually with over 550 daily departures to 128 cities around the world.
This makes it the 14th most-connected hub airport in the world. Current
investment and expansion projects at the airport ensure that it can serve
the region at its highest capacity now and into the future.
Like most urban centers, Greater Philadelphia relies heavily on public
transit and intercity passenger rail. Over 400 million trips are taken each
year through regional transit agencies (DART, NJ Transit, PATCO, and
SEPTA) making Greater Philadelphia the 6th highest metro by transit
travel in the country. Philadelphia's 30th Street Station is the 3rd busiest station in the U.S., serving over four million passengers annually.
Our region's access to waterways is another critical competitive
advantage. Greater Philadelphia has 3 major ports with over 30 active
port terminals that connect our region with products from around the
world and vice versa. Each year, over 1,700 ships move more than 70
million tons of cargo through the tri-state port complex. Ports on the
Delaware River handle so much cargo that, if considered a single entity,
they would rank seventh in the nation. We are home to the number one
cold supply chain port complex on the East Coast as well as the number one perishables port in the Northeast United States. Our ports are
among the few in the U.S. with available land for expansion, with large
parcels available for construction of warehouses and distribution centers. 
Construction of the new 120-acre Southport Marine terminal began
in 2013, adding two berths for larger ships and six high capacity cranes.
Yet despite these key assets, Pennsylvania's infrastructure continues to
deteriorate. Greater Philadelphia has over one thousand miles of national
highway and over 350 miles of interstate routes. Total lane miles of
pavement in deficient conditions increased by 8 percent between 2005
and 2012. Almost 45 present of the region's 4,813 bridges are either
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Context - Fall 2016

Editors’ Letter
Community
Up Close
Expression
Design Profiles
Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Mayor Kenney’s Infrastructure Policy
Green Infrastructure in Philadelphia: The Reading Viaduct Rail Park
Streets: They’re Not Just for Cars Any More
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Context - Fall 2016 - Editors’ Letter
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Context - Fall 2016 - Up Close
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Context - Fall 2016 - Mayor Kenney’s Infrastructure Policy
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Context - Fall 2016 - Green Infrastructure in Philadelphia: The Reading Viaduct Rail Park
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Context - Fall 2016 - Streets: They’re Not Just for Cars Any More
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