Transportation

Trump Infrastructure Speech at Transportation Dept

6/9/17
from The Gray Area:
6/9/17:
President Trump spoke about his plan to revitalize American infrastructure at the Transportation Department. He used a 70 pound, $29M environmental study, $24,000 per page, for an 18 mile road, to illustrate the bureaucratic obstacles to upgrading our infrastructure. He also gave as an example of a 150,000 page administrative record for the Ohio River Bridge. 150k pages is a 5 story building! He isolated specific infrastructure projects of the past and how few years it took to build them. 1 year to build the Empire State Building. 4 years to build the Golden Gate Bridge. 5 years to build the Hoover Dam. Now it takes 10 years due to approval process, regulations which results in exorbitant costs. He is:
  • Reducing burdensome regulations and massively streamlining approvals and permitting process.
  • Improving air traffic control system.
  • Generating $1T investment (Federal & private) in infrastructure. Only 7% of the 2009 Stimulus Plan went to infrastructure. Not quite 'shovel ready'.
  • Announcing government councils to speed up infrastructure projects.
  • His team is meeting with state & local teams as a first step to empowering states to replace & "construct new roads, rails, pipelines, tunnels, and bridges all across our nation.”


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