In his State of the Union address two weeks ago, President Obama reminded us that to win the future, we must dream big and build big. To secure long-term economic prosperity for future generations, we must--once again--build the best roadways, railways, and runways in the world.
This week, officials from the Department of Transportation will join me in taking that message on the road in the best possible way: by celebrating the communities that are already making that happen and the people who are getting America back on track to economic growth, opportunity, and competitiveness.
This morning, for example, Vice President Biden and I took the train to Philadelphia's 30th Street Station where we'll announce a comprehensive plan to continue construction of a national high-speed and intercity passenger rail network. High-speed rail will not only revolutionize transportation in America, it will reinvigorate our manufacturing sector, create jobs, and enable economic development all along its corridors.
And this morning, Deputy Secretary John Porcari and Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff will be in Raleigh, NC, touring the exciting new Capital Area Transit operations and bus maintenance center. This facility expands CAT's bus maintenance capacity from 50 up to a possible 200 buses, accommodating the region's growing transit network.
"Our investment in projects like this," says FTA Administrator Rogoff, "puts skilled workers on the payroll today accommodating transit growth for years to come."
As Deputy Secretary Porcari says, "We’re proving there's no conflict between economic growth and sustainability."
The new CAT facility is only one of the federally funded projects demonstrating that America can out-build our competition, sparking private investment and creating jobs. This Administration is committed to continuing to repair our existing infrastructure while also building new ways to move people and goods. That's how we strengthen our communities and our economy.
Other communities we'll visit this week include Daytona Beach, Dayton, Fort Pierce, Cleveland, and Wichita. In these cities, we'll see exciting projects building new roadways and reconstructing others; creating intermodal terminals and upgrading transit stations; and stimulating expanded manufacturing in general aviation.
In all of these locations, Americans can see the federal government in partnership with states, communities, and private businesses to invest in tomorrow while creating jobs today.
That's what happens when we out-build the rest of the world. That's what happens when we set out to win the future.