Semi trucks heading for the US from Canada

Trucks cause 20% of traffic in the US

20%

While trucks represent only 4% of the fleet in highways in the US, they cause 20% of the traffic in the country.

Published   |  Photo by Reuters/Rebecca Cook
Semi trucks heading for the US from Canada
20%

Trucks are part of the reason why US drivers lost some 8 billion hours in traffic in 2015.

Semi trucks heading for the US from Canada
20%

Using ships instead of trucks to move cargo would help diminish the problem, but an old law only allows for US ships to move cargo between US ports.

Semi trucks heading for the US from Canada
20%

The Merchant Marine Act, from 1920, is meant to protect US shipping from foreign competitors.

Semi trucks heading for the US from Canada
20%

But since then, the US shipping industry got smaller. So instead of going by sea, cargo travels in trucks on highways, creating traffic.

Semi trucks heading for the US from Canada
20%

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