Remaking Transportation Infrastructure

Source: The Brookings Institution, August 2007

Potholes, rough surfaces, and rusting bridges are manifestations of America’s deteriorating infrastructure, tragically demonstrated with the disaster in Minneapolis.

State and local leaders are already clamoring for more federal money to prevent future tragedies. But just two years ago, states got a mammoth $244 billion for transportation. But the bill also contained over 6,000 earmarks, many dedicated to new projects, and awarded with no coherent plan or national priority.

The Metropolitan Policy Program’s Transportation Reform Series, led by Fellow Robert Puentes, has broadly reassessed the nation’s transportation policies, providing options beyond the current hodgepodge of pet projects, to better address these critical needs.

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