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25 Jul 2016

Presidential Election

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Infrastructure Repair an Important Issue

It has been a pothole-filled, rough ride on the road to transportation infrastructure repair in the U.S. It took over 10 years and 36 short-term extensions to get a long-term transportation bill passed. With the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act), which was signed into law on December 4, 2015 by President Obama, the idea was to provide the funds needed in order to start repairing the country’s crumbling roads and bridges. This Act also provided changes and reforms to many federal transportation programs, allowing processes to be more streamlined and providing new tools and programs for transportation projects. 

Looking to the future, our infrastructure issues will soon be in the hands of a new President. The good news is that both front-runners, Trump and Clinton, see the significance in supporting these important repairs and changes. Both have vowed to seek improvements in our current crumbling status. According to Logistics Management, Clinton is quoted as saying, “When it comes to the physical infrastructure, we have to take care of what we already have, upgrade it, modernize it.” Furthermore, Trump is cited as saying, “Rebuild the country’s infrastructure; nobody can do that like me, believe me…We have to rebuild our infrastructure: our bridges, our roadways, our airports.”

Any transportation infrastructure issue that drives up the cost of transporting goods is of great concern to many. The American economy simply cannot move forward if our trucks, trains and planes cannot.

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