An Aging Infrastructure And The Need For A New Era In Transportation Policy
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Some 63,000 bridges in the U.S. are deemed to be structurally deficient: not on the verge of collapsing, but in serious need of repair. This is actually good news: an increase in federal spending in the past few years has slightly lowered the number of U.S. bridges urgently needing maintenance. But experts warn there is a crisis at hand. The Highway Trust Fund is projected to run out of money by the end of the summer, federal taxes on gas and diesel haven’t been raised in 20 years, and despite support in both parties, it’s not clear what federal funding will be available for state and local infrastructure projects. Join us to discuss who will pick up the tab for road repairs.
senior fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution.
economist and editor of DownsizingGovernment.org, Cato Institute.
correspondent, National Journal.
federal budget and tax analyst, US PIRG.
executive director and CEO, International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association (IBTTA).