David Leonhardt’s column in yesterday's New York Times makes a great case for a new way forward in transportation funding.
Leonhardt believes, as do I, that what’s needed to improve our transportation network isn’t just money. We need results-driven decision making processes, and a funding system that doesn’t rely on political influence to get projects across the finish line:
“….the bigger problem has been an utter lack of seriousness in deciding how that money gets spent. And as long as we’re going to stimulate the economy by spending money on roads, bridges and the like, we may as well do it right…So if you talk to people who spend their lives studying infrastructure, you’ll hear two reactions to the attention that Mr. Obama, Nancy Pelosi and even some Republicans are now lavishing on the subject. The first is: Thank goodness. The second is: Please, please don’t just pour more money into the current system.”
Read the entire column here, and let me know your thoughts.