US Transport and Communication

Transport and Communication

RoadwaysThe United States has the largest road network in the world, with a total length of 10.6 million miles (6,586,610 kilometers), as per data sourced from CIA Factbook. The National Highway System (NHS), comprises 160,955 miles – consisting of roadways that are important for the economy, defense, and mobility of the nation. The Eisenhower Interstate System (also known as Interstate Highway system), the Strategic Highway Network, the major Strategic Highway Network Connectors, and the Inter-modal Connectors are the main types of highways that together form the NHS. Each state is encouraged to bring attention on federal funds for the improvement and safety of the road network.

* For more see our USA roadways map.

Railroads The US also has the largest railway network in the world with over 141,000 miles (228,218 kilometers) of railway tracks, as per latest World Bank estimations. Freight lines comprise 80% of the total rail network, with Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway being among the largest freight railroad networks in the world. 538 of the freight railroads belong to private organizations. A plan has been proposed for the built of a 27,000 km national high-speed rail system by 2030, which will be divided in in four phases. New York Penn Station is the busiest passenger railway stations in the country, followed by Grand Central Terminal and Jamaica Station – both belonging to New York City as well.

* For more see our USA railways map.

AirwaysWith a total of 19,655 airports (2017 estimate of Bureau of Transportation Statistics), the U.S.A. has the largest number of airports in the world. 288 of them are used for military purposes. As per international passenger traffic of 2017, John F. Kennedy International Airport is the busiest. Some of the other major US airports based on the volume of passengers are Los Angeles International Airport, Miami International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Chicago O'Hare Airport. The largest airport hub is however, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

With a vast coastline touching two major oceans, the U.S.A. has several passenger and cargo ports. CIA Factbook's latest update states that the country sustains more than 4 million miles of waterways, i.e, about 6,586,610 km length. Inland waterways of the United States includes over 25,000 miles (40,000 km) of navigable waters. Important seaports of the country are Miami Port, Port Everglades, and Port Canaveral in Florida; Seattle Port in Washington; Port of Long Beach in California; Port of Baton Rouge in Louisiana; Port of Corpus Christi in Texas; Port of Hampton Roads in Virginia and North Carolina; Port of Houston in Texas; Port of Los Angeles in California and also the Port of New York and New Jersey.

U.S.A. has two major oil terminals - Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) terminal in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana and Haymark terminal, also in Louisiana.

As of January 2018, USA satellites have been appointed to 280 space missions. Of these, about 18 are are civil satellites, but rest are distinguished between commercial satellites, government satellites, and military satellites

Telephone/ Mobile network
Telephone/ Mobile networkThe international country code for the U.S.A. is +1. As per 2017 estimations of CIA factbook, there were 395.881 million mobile cellular connections and 119.902 million fixed- line subscriptions. It ranked 2nd in comparison to the world for fixed-line connections.

The internet country code for the U.S.A. is '.us'. As per 2016 data, 76.2% of the population of the USA makes the use of internet. There were 246,809,221 internet users in the country.

As per the latest census, the 10 most populated cities of the U.S.A. are New York, New York State; Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; Houston, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Diego, California; Dallas, Texas, San Antonio, Texas; and San Jose, California.

Last Updated Date: December 31th, 2018