Editorial: The Do Nothing Approach To Transportation Investment: Why do we keep investing the minimum amount while other countries pass us by in quality and breadth of transportation networks?
So as we sit on our hands and wait we must try to imagine what our country will look like in the future. Recurring congestion today will not magically improve in ten year’s time with no effort to improve.
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August 19, 2014
Our do-nothing Congress has indeed done something – that thing they do best – by kicking the transportation funding can down the road once more. We now have a bill that grants the Highway Trust Fund some $11 billion over the next 10 months to help fund the country’s roadways and mass transit projects.
The bill has gimmicks (“pension smoothing”) and critics on both sides of the aisle (a better, alternate proposal to the one passed was a bipartisan creation) with calls for increased taxes to fund transportation investment even from the likes of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Yet we have more of the same while our roads and bridges erode and become ever-more congested. Our rail and public transit systems struggle to stay afoot despite times of record ridership. So why do we do it? Why do we keep investing the minimum amount while other countries pass us by in quality and breadth of transportation networks?...