By now, you’ve heard about the new trailer-freight tracking system.
That new system is costing taxpayers millions of dollars a year, but it’s costing a lot more than you think.
ABC News has found out how much it costs to haul cargo from New Jersey to Michigan.
Here’s how much a freight shipment in New York would cost in Michigan.
The new tracking system is expected to cost taxpayers about $25 billion, or about $2,600 per ton.
That’s roughly $4,800 per ton for each of the 6 million tons of cargo that will be shipped from New England to Michigan each year.
It’s not just about cost, though.
It also impacts the safety of the transportation system.
If you are shipping a cargo truck, it is much more difficult to keep track of where it is going and how long it is traveling than it is for a regular truck.
A new study by the American Public Transportation Association found that tracking of all truck traffic across the country is at an all-time high.
A recent report from the National Transportation Safety Board found that of the 2.4 million crashes that occurred on U.S. roads between 2010 and 2015, more than two-thirds involved trucks that were moving over 300,000 tons or more.
And a recent study from the Transportation Security Administration found that truckers in the United States are more likely to be injured or killed in a crash than any other driver in the country.
“The number of people injured or dead is very high,” said Michael Hulme, the chief executive of the Transportation Safety Institute, a nonpartisan research group.
“There are a lot of people who have to rely on that to get a job, to get their family to work, to commute.”
It’s also the number one cause of accidents in the U.K. “In the United Kingdom, where we are now using the [tracking system], the total number of accidents is much higher than in the States,” said Mark Moulds, who works at the Transport Safety Institute.
“We are now a global leader in safety, but we are not doing enough to improve safety in the transport sector.”
The cost of a tracking system in the US costs about $1,400 per ton, according to a 2014 study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
That includes the cost of the tracking system itself and the cost to build the tracking equipment itself.
The cost per ton is expected continue to rise as more tracking equipment and software is installed, but that’s a lot less than the billions of dollars that are expected to be spent on new infrastructure to make tracking safer.
And the more people who use the system, the more it is likely to cost.
The tracking system will cost about $300 per ton per truck, or $1.80 per ton in the case of a five-ton trailer.
That means that it will cost taxpayers $2.50 to haul the same cargo to New York and $2 to haul it to Michigan from New Hampshire.
The average price of a 10-ton truck is about $9,000 per ton (about $4 per ton).
A four-ton cargo truck costs $11,000 to haul from New Mexico to Florida, which is $6 per ton more than it costs for the same haul from the Midwest to Michigan on a daily basis.
But those costs are likely to decrease as more trucks are put into the system and more people become familiar with it.
“It’s not as big a cost as it is to have a full-time driver who has to be constantly monitoring the system,” said Scott Lippard, an attorney at the Transportation Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit law firm that represents freight companies in transportation disputes.
“People will have a more relaxed attitude about it.”
Tracking costs could also be reduced if freight carriers were more careful in how they chose which truck to use for the journey.
“You would see fewer collisions if you could track a truck that is not prone to accidents,” said Lippards.
“Then you would see less truck collisions if the truck was going through a certain area of the country.”
But that doesn’t mean all freight will be tracked using the new system.
The most common reason freight is tracked in the new tracking systems is because it is cheaper.
“As far as the cost goes, if you have a large, expensive container like a truck, you are not going to be able to move it very far.
You are going to need a bigger container that can carry it a lot farther,” said Mould.
“But if you are going into a smaller container, you will not have the problems.”
The number of freight-tracking incidents has gone down slightly since the tracking systems were installed, which means that the number of collisions is likely going to increase.
But Mould said that the new systems don’t mean that there are fewer accidents because some of the incidents are still occurring.