Infrastructure and Transit

Infrastructure and Transit

Modernizing and Investing in Infrastructure and Transit

We need to vastly increase our federal investment in our nation’s infrastructure and ensure that any infrastructure bill includes provisions on PLAs and prevailing wage. We know that we need more funding for modernizing and building schools, increasing mass transit, extending internet connectivity and rural broadband, rebuilding our crumbling highways and bridges, retrofit existing projects to be more energy efficient, and ensure we have the highest quality water infrastructure.
 
To do that, I believe the federal government should invest $650 billion directly in needed infrastructure projects and create a national infrastructure bank that leverages public dollars with private investment.
 
And we know that more funding alone will not solve the problem. We also need to modernize the public evaluation framework for projects to ensure they take into account the latest research. We need to ensure projects are selected based on impact, not politics. And we need to streamline permitting, break down silos that limit funds to a single type of transportation, and encourage 21st century design and technology. We should also explore merit-based competitive grants instead of handing money directly to state governments.