Spanning the Gap between Cost and Capacity
The federal program must be transformed. Future efforts should mirror those of the 1950s when transportation funding outlined a mission and created a sense of purpose that the public could rally around.
The public must be educated about the value of infrastructure investment so it will support it.
Every level of government must step up to this effort, Schenendorf warned. Success will require making infrastructure investment a national priority; a factor already recognized in nations such as India and China.
“We have to have a wake-up call in the United States to create the sense of urgency that other countries already recognize,” he said. “If we’re going to remain the economic force that we are today, we need to have an effort comparable to that of the 1950s.”
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