Earlier this week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report supporting a “fundamental reexamination and refocusing of the nation’s surface transportation policies”—just as the Department released our own proposal to reform, refocus and renew the government’s approach to transportation.
Citing increased demand that “for the past several decades…has outpaced the capacity of the surface transportation system,” the report recommends that Congress consider restructuring federal programs to meet the strain on our infrastructure that will be caused by “population growth, technological change, and the increased globalization of the economy.”
I believe the GAO report confirms what we have been saying all along: it’s time for fresh ideas, and a new approach to funding, building, and managing our nation’s transportation infrastructure.
The plan we released earlier this week does just that by streamlining funding mechanisms, making it easier for state and local governments to access private capital for infrastructure improvements, and reducing the fiscal damage caused by the broken earmark system.
I hope you will read the report and comment on the Fast Lane…it’s always good to get your thoughts!