Not surprisingly, growth in manufacturing has led to an enhancement of the logistics and transportation sector. Private companies in the general-freight trucking sector have showed continued sales and profit growth since 2010. As a general indicator of national freight transport, gains in the trucking industry show a greater demand for domestic shipments.
Mass transit has seen record ridership as gas prices continue to plummet. Transit ridership has risen almost 40% since 1995, and buses, trains and subways were used by more Americans in 2013 than in any year since 1956.
As the economy improved, transit agencies upgraded services as more people utilized the systems to get to an increasing number of jobs.
Spending in the industry, which includes air, freight, maritime and trucking services, totaled $1.33 trillion in 2012, representing 8.5% of the annual GDP.