The train accident that just occurred in DuPont, WA shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly. Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble! Not for long!
Since this was a new section of rail, it has exactly nothing to do with crumbling infrastructure. This track was built with $181 million in federal funds to separate passenger trains from freight trains on a very short section of rails and save 10 minutes on the Portland-Seattle run. That’s a lot of money to save 10 minutes, and the older Nisqually route is better scenery anyway. If this is an example of the kinds of projects the president has in mind, well, maybe it’s time to drain the swamp.
I agree with the president’s second point at least about the amount of money we’ve squandered in the Middle East.