Saturday, October 15, 2011
Transportation Infrastructure Investment Needed
While it's not easy to envision the kind of work that needs to be done, like repairing and improving subway track and water pipes, a great deal of work is necessary for our infrastructure to keep functioning. An article in today's Post gives some figures about how much is necessary: "Last year, a report by 80 experts led by former transportation secretaries Norman Y. Mineta and Samuel K. Skinner called for an annual investment of $262 billion." That's about 5-6 times the current level of funding, and nothing close to what anyone is projecting, whether Democrats or Republicans control Congress over the next few years. Advocates note that the more we put these costs off, the more we pay in the long run. Just sayin'.