U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, joined fellow Democrats Peter DeFazio (Transportation and Infrastructure) and Richard Neal (Ways and Means) to announce a $760 billion infrastructure framework. The nationwide initiative would address the country’s massive maintenance backlog, increase resiliency, design safer streets and put the United States on the path to zero emissions from the transportation sector.
“There is no better way to strengthen our economy for the future than to modernize our badly aging infrastructure,” Pallone said, adding, “This bold framework not only helps us rebuild our nation, it also combats climate change by reducing carbon emissions and moving us towards a clean energy future.”
Some of the targets of the framework sound as if they’re custom-tailored to New Jersey; unfortunately, they are all too common in most states:
- roads and highways that are in poor condition, badly congested, and accelerating carbon pollution;
- rail and transit systems that are often unreliable and inefficient;
- bridges that are structurally deficient and putting communities at risk;
- aging drinking and wastewater infrastructure that has left entire communities without drinking water and put rivers and streams at risk of contamination.