Transportation & Logistics International - Winter 2017 - 1
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Love it or hate it, the new presidential administration is
taking office this month, and the transportation and logistics sector will be watching what happens with great interest. A new administration always brings uncertainty, but in
this case the industry has even more of a reason to watch
closely because Donald Trump made infrastructure investment a key plank in his campaign platform.
Prioritizing infrastructure projects
comes at a critical time for America. As
the failures of levees in New Orleans
during Hurricane Katrina, the 2007
fatal collapse of the I-35W bridge in
Minneapolis and the current water crisis
in Flint, Mich., have demonstrated,
America's infrastructure is in danger of
being neglected to the point of disaster.
The American Society of Civil Engineers' 2013 infrastructure "report card"
gave the nation's infrastructure a "D+" in
terms of overall condition and preparedness for the nation's future needs.
Donald Trump's proposal to bolster the nation's infrastructure is a $1
trillion plan that consists mainly of tax
incentives to encourage private investment in big infrastructure projects.
The president-elect has pledged that
his plan will create millions of new jobs
and bring America's roads, bridges and
other infrastructure up to par, but the
plan faces opposition on both sides of
the aisle. Democrats have spoken out
about the plan's dependence on private
investment, while Republicans have
objected to the plan's scope.
Whether or not the plan has its
desired effect, there's no doubt that infrastructure will continue to be a major
issue for this administration and the
next, and the transportation industry
will be watching closely.
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