Biden wants you out of your car and on the train
It’s the USA car country. Its 4.1 million-kilometer road network is the largest in the world. It has more motor vehicles per person than any other major nation. 86% of Americans drive to work (or normally do work), 63% to English-speaking workers, and 71% to travel to Australia. Advertisement Hot 100. America only.
So is President Biden’s proposal $ 2 trillion infrastructure program It is one of the most notable events: it spends more money on transport and rail than on motorways. Budgets can be a boring read, but they are also expressing documents that explain the priorities of their leaders to citizens. The infrastructure proposal seems to say: Let’s get your ass out of the car.
“It seems that the plan takes seriously our need to invest more in our transportation and intercity rail system than in our highway system,” says Yonah Freemark, a senior researcher in the Institute of Urban Policy’s economic policy think tank. examines land use and transportation. He says the proposal would double regular public transport spending and quadruple the government’s investment in rail.
It is a justification climate change. Biden said Wednesday that the plan will “move forward with transformation with American jobs and American ingenuity to address climate change.” If the plan becomes law — it will not be easy; more in the future, it would be one of the biggest federal government pushes ever made against greenhouse gas emissions. The president has promised to put the country on track for a clean carbon leak by 2050.
Achieving this goal would mean many changes, starting with the renewal of the country’s transportation system. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University they finished which would surely help a lot from switching from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles. So it would be convincing people to share electric robotaxi. But that will take decades. In the meantime, Americans say they will also need to reduce the number of miles they drive. This means, in part, finding alternatives to the car: on foot, by bike and on public transport. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that typical city buses emit one-third more greenhouse gas emissions than average single-occupancy vehicles per passenger mile, although buses typically only fill a quarter.
Biden’s proposal would allocate $ 85 billion over eight years to public transportation for expansions and repairs. It would move $ 80 billion to intercity railroads, both to fix the current Amtrak and to connect new cities. It would allocate $ 174 billion to investments related to electric vehicles, including financing to replace 50,000 diesel electric transportation buses. These would probably cost about $ 38 billion, says Jeff Davis Eno Transportation Center Fellow.
In contrast, the proposal allocates $ 115 billion to the “modernization” of bridges, highways and roads. This would still increase federal investment compared to previous plans, but only 46%, according to Davis.
For transportation agencies, the extra money would be important. The U.S. spends about $ 60 billion a year on public transportation, the federal government takes about 20 percent, the state 20 percent, and local government about a third. (The other quarter depends on tariffs.) Doubling the federal contribution will allow many agencies to move through more viable options, such as repairing poor and outdated technology and equipment and making buses and trains more frequent. But even the billions promised would not be enough to fundamentally change the country’s transportation system. New York’s four-year capital plan, for example, commits $ 51.5 billion to new maintenance, repairs and projects – and that’s the only system.
The intercity railroad, meanwhile, is a good proposition for getting a serious shot in the arm Amtrak Joe. Amtrak responded to the proposal on Wednesday releasing the map more than 30 potential new routes include connections such as Phoenix, Las Vegas and Cheyenne, Wyoming.