Algeria's transportation infrastructure, mostly inherited from
the French, was badly neglected through the 1970s. However, the
government has devoted considerable attention and funding to it
since the early 1980s in order to meet the growing needs for balanced
regional development and to deal with the pressure of rapid urbanization.
Public funds have been allocated to expand, modernize, and upgrade
the country's roads, railroads, ports, and airports to accommodate
constantly rising traffic and passenger demands. But the government's
insistence in the early 1990s on continuing its policy of austerity
and lowering expenditure levels could lead to rehabilitating the
existing infrastructure rather than investing in new systems.
Data as of December 1993