Senate Democrats say that their latest infrastructure plan is expected to create 15 million jobs, with $210 billion allocated to the repair of aging roads and bridges, and an additional $200 billion going to finance transportation projects of national significance.
In a recent interview, Katie Thomson explained that what the U.S. transportation system needs is a long-term funding solution that meets the needs of the nation as a whole.
“It cannot be a one-off, one-time injection of a lot of money for certain big projects in limited parts of the country,” she said. “An initial infusion for that could be good, but it needs to be a long-term, comprehensive, [multi]modal fix. And I am very concerned that is not going to be where the focus of the administration is. They are going to want to get some quick wins and call it a success. I do not view that as meaningful investment that this country so desperately needs to drive the economy and ensure that people and goods can get where they need to be in a safe and efficient way.”
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