As a former intern at the MTA, I have seen first-hand that the constant lack of funding and political pressure to cut costs are beginning to take their toll on the condition of critical infrastructure and rolling stock.
It's time for a "New Deal" for American infrastructure. Direct intervention will provide Americans with more than new highways and bridges -- it will create family-sustaining construction jobs en masse and set into motion a multiplier effect that will ripple across the economy as a whole.
The United States of America is the richest country in the history of the world. So why is its foundation literally crumbling away? Consider these three areas of vital infrastructure in need of serious attention.
The idea that we have to make an either-or choice between a commitment to shared-sacrifice or self-reliance, cooperation or individual initiative, is, quite simply, false. So too, is the view that America stands for just one of these visions.
The private sector will not be able to drive our recovery alone. Investing in proven job creation strategies with clear paths to reducing racial disparities will help put America back on the path to prosperity.
Middle class Americans hear different stories from Republicans and Democrats about why employment is not growing faster and what it will take to revive it. The solution is government spending on public works and infrastructure.
Did you ever wonder why some of America's greatest public works projects were accomplished during its worst depression? President Obama has the right idea when he calls for major investment in 21st Century infrastructure.