$2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Most Radical Transport Shift Since 1950s, Says President Biden – Forbes
Carlton Reid Mar 31, 2021
President Joe Biden today unveiled his $2 trillion infrastructure bill, labelling it as the American Jobs Plan. He said it was a “once-in-a-generation investment in America unlike anything we have seen or done since we built the Interstate Highway System and won the Space Race decades ago.”
He added: “It’s big. It’s bold. And we can get it done.”
“President Biden’s [infrastructure] plan is the most visionary proposal for the nation’s transportation network since the dawn of the interstate highway system,” agreed Janette Sadik-Khan, chair of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO).
Speaking from Pittsburgh, the U.S. president pledged to double transit spending, upgrade 20,000 miles of roads in a $20 billion plan to make them safer for all users—including those not in motor vehicles—and spend an additional $20 billion reconnecting neighborhoods cut off by highways; these have historically been neighborhoods where the majority of the residents have been Black.
The plan will also boost existing road safety programs and see the creation of a new Safe Streets for All program to fund state and local “vision zero” schemes which aim to reduce fatalities, especially among cyclists and pedestrians.