With American cities continuing to grow at a rapid pace, the need for proper infrastructure to tame traffic is top of mind for most commuters. It is not news that we are far behind in many metropolitan areas in the need for better infrastructure.
The president has pledged to spend $1 trillion on new infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers, a leading advocate for infrastructure spending, has estimated the country’s infrastructure will need $4.6 trillion for expansion and restoration during the next 10 years. The president’s proposal leaves the Highway Trust Fund, the main federal source of transportation money, intact.
The plan is to spend $168 billion over the next 10 years in federal funds and to raise the remaining funds from private investors. These investors would then own the toll roads they build or repair. There are also proposed cuts that could jeopardize 56 public-transit projects. How do you feel about the current infrastructure and traffic issues? How would you like to see this issue addressed?