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How did they get here? Almost all the products you use every day have traveled by truck at some point in time. Most products start with raw materials that are transported to a processing factory. From there, they may have been transported to an assembly plant, a distribution facility, and then to your local store or front door. Without trucks, you probably wouldn’t get your morning coffee and breakfast sandwich, have shoes to wear, see that text from mom, get to work, or have a house to live in! Trucking is a vital part of our economy in the US and in the state of Oregon.
Did you know…?
- Oregon has 71,228 miles of public road.
- As of 2013, there were 18,316 truck driving jobs in Oregon.
- In Oregon, one out of 17 people are within the trucking industry based on 2015 data. That equates to 89,110 total trucking industry jobs.
- Oregon’s transportation system carried $300 billion worth of goods in 2012- more than the entire state’s GDP $204 billion). About $215 billion (72%) of those goods were carried by truck.
- The motor vehicle fatality rate has dropped by 80% over the past 50 years.
- Among all the transportation modes, including truck, rail, water, air, multiple mode, pipeline, and other, trucking carries nearly 75% of all freight in the Portland, OR metro area.
- As of 2014, $2.40 is the potential return for every $1 invested in the state's transportation system.
Find supporting documents for Oregon trucking statistics below: