Transportation infrastructure is one of the paths to a better future. From electric vehicle charging stations, to bridge repair or replacement, American roads will soon experience the biggest rebuilding project since the US Federal Highway System of 1956. Here’s a summary of what to expect over the next five years (Lobosco and Luhby, 2021):
Roads – $110 billion for road repair and upgrades. It is estimated that 173, 000 miles of US roads are in bad condition;
Trains -$66 billion for passenger and freight trail, modernizing the Northeast corridor, and upgrading intercity rail to high-speed capability, with additional funds of $12 billion;
Broadband – $65 billion to improve reach and signal strength of Internet;
Bridges – $40 billion to repair or replace the 45,000 bridges in poor shape;
Public Transit – $39 billion to modernize and upgrade subways and buses;
Airports – $25 billion to repair aging airports and upgrade to low-carbon tech;
Marine Ports – $17 billion for improving marine ports, a major part of the supply chain;
Safety – $11 billion for better protection for cyclists and pedestrians;
Buses and Ferries – $7.5 billion for zero or low-emission ferries and school bus transport;
Electric Vehicles – $7.5 billion for a national network of electric charging stations;
Communities – $1 billion to reconnect neighborhoods divided by highways. This was one of the goals of the Central Artery Project in Boston.
In addition to the transport upgrades, the American Infrastructure Bill will begin rebuilding the electric grid ($65 billion) and correct water infrastructure problems from Flint to Benton Harbor and beyond, replacing lead service lines and old pipes. Finally, uncapped gas wells and abandoned mines will be remedied with a $21 billion fund. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (HR 3684) passed on 6 November 2021, as nations gather in Glasgow to address response to climate change at COP26. It is now time to rebuild the world.
Lobosco, Katie and Tami Luhby. “Here’s what’s in the bipartisan infrastructure bill.” 5 November 2021. CNN.com. https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/28/politics/infrastructure-bill-explained/index.html
United States Congress. “H.R. 3684: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.” https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/117/hr3684/text
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