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U.S. dithers on rail projects – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

So does the United States have the will to do anything about its sclerotic transportation systems?

Unlike almost every other developed nation, the U.S. has no national transportation strategy. The nation fails to raise taxes that are supposed to pay for roads and rails. Gasoline taxes, for example, cover only about 50 percent of road projects, much lower than in the past, according to recent Federal Highway Administration figures.

America certainly isn’t developing the design, construction and management capacity to build on a large scale to global standards.



U.S. dithers on rail projects – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Filed under: International High Speed Rail, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, United States High Speed Rail

3 Responses

  1. Given the potential for gridlock all throughout the year, nothing will be done until 2013, when one party controls everything once again. Even then, who knows if America will even revert to a can-do attitude?

    The attitude by Christie, Walker, and others is the end result of America’s short-term mentality, so if anything even remotely looks constly, the public is quick to say “we can’t afford it” without even taking into note that that same project will even cost more money years later.

  2. patlynch says:

    I have to agree with you that America is really lacking the “can do” attitude. The core of this is that the country is being run by people who only think of themselves and say whatever is necessary to placate their “base.” Too bad.

  3. LoboSolo says:

    Actually, the attitude of Christie’s and others is not short-term. It’s long-term and that’s driving their decisions. They’re looking at additional large, long-term operational and maintenance subsidies for these projects. They’re already in deep budget problems and simply can’t afford the additional costs.

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