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Can Congress break ground on a new infrastructure plan"

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Can Congress break ground on a new infrastructure plan" Can Congress break ground on a new infrastructure plan"

Can Congress break ground on a new infrastructure plan"

The stakes are high in the search for a big deal In many regions in Asia and Europe, a monumental transportation shift is taking place. High-speed rail, bolstered by new technology and expanding networks, is offering comparable service to airlines on longer and longer trips.
Routes like Paris-to-London and Beijing-to-Shanghai have become easier and more accessible, ferrying passengers at more than 200 miles per hour. And promising developments in maglev technology, which could propel trains to top speeds of 373 miles per hour, would further extend the reach of rapid rail travel.
Compare that to the rail system in the United States: On the fastest service in the country?the Acela route in the northeast?it?s not uncommon to see auto traffic outpace locomotives on stretches that run parallel to highways.
America?s infrastructure woes don?t end with rail systems, as anybody who has tried to navigate the New York subway system or fly into JFK airport recently would tell you. The most recent Infrastructure Report Card from the American Society of Civil Engineers said that due to deferred maintenance and poor investment, the country would need to spend $3.6 trillion to repair our country?s crumbling roads, rails, pipes, power grids. And without urgent action, these vital systems are set to get worse across the board.


According to Henry Cisneros, a former San Antonio Mayor, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and a partner in an investment and financial firm, we?re not just behind, but in danger. And he believes the only true solution to the crisis is an elusive bipartisan plan. ?The clock may be ticking on what may be called true emergencies,? he said. ?That is to say, people will die, or be hurt. Productivity will be lost. Cargo and transactions will be slowed and delayed. Man hours of personal time will be lost in congestion, by the millions of hours. It?s absolutely imperative that we act.?
To say the Trump Administration?s expected unveiling of its $1 trillion infrastructure plan later this month (or next) is long-awaited would be an understatement. Infrastructure spending and reform, a signature campaign issue delayed by debates about health care and taxes, is now imperative, say many state and local officials seeking guidance, funding, and a future roadmap for overdue repairs and renovations.
Jennifer Cohan, secretary of the Delaware Department of Transportation, said the Trump plan needs to offer direction and stability. During a panel with other state transportation leaders earlier this month, she bluntly said ?The biggest thing is: Make up your frickin? mind. We need sustainability. We need to know what it?s going to be and what it?s going to look like.?


Cisneros believes that a bipartisan, broad-based plan can and should be advanced, despite current divides. Arguments over whether Trump should have acted earlier are moot: ?We are where we are, here a...
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