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3-17 12:35pm Garland, failing infastructure

Mar 17, 2014|

Everyone seems to know America’s infrastructure is collapsing. But, will the money come? How about a gas tax hike? A growing number of states are finding they have no other choice. Would you pay…or accept risky roads and bridges? We were joined by Bob Poole, Director of Transportation Policy at Reason Foundation.

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If you listened to to the thing take them fairly regular basis funeral over the years we don't know. Numbers sort of with the American Society of Civil Engineers have given infrastructure in this country need the plots. But there's always these days we seal on the -- and regular businesses. What you'd see you can hear read or watch his and that's as true -- the whole -- or the court to improved. Lot of talented chose incompetent or other talent issues you're wrong we do and a sure in the sixty minutes piece that -- me one Sunday you a couple of weeks ago. And we brought into experts would talk about this from ring to story in the boats that wasn't true and gave us information the -- we checked it turned out to be true. So this shall we also -- because and and here's a brief -- constrained. I drive a Prius mama LifeDrive. Hybrid car. And they don't you ought to get a house and no -- little queasy in the group finance road -- with gas tax. And it just on them as a board talk and we've done shows where the potential -- T. Boone Pickens we've had him on. Talking about he wants to convert our entire eighteen -- lead -- to natural gas vehicle. We're talking about counselor. Building a giant battery -- to bring battery costs down. Pure electric charge at all -- sensible alternative energies so we thought. Good to and check to see. Is the society correct in the afternoon is their problem anyway and how -- is from what can be done to do then. We're go to media experts -- -- chambers searcher. At the metropolitan policy program droves and -- appreciate the time thanks for call. And the American society of engineers says our infrastructure. As a single rate above field here. A step from declined to -- -- everyday and simply stopped working. The way people expect him to and and fix -- work crier and investment up to three point 64 million dollars by 20/20. Number one in what does. Things simply stopped working the way people expecting to machine. And second ball here is this for a. Well I think there's a lot ot be competing measures out there but it's funny you start off -- dot -- figure out about the site at myself about it. But calm but I think you're right either acting challenger. Certainly at the national level at which can't wait. You know to working at Washington myself I mean there's just and what the functioning gridlocked year. That's just making it. Very difficult to Applebee's. He's pretty over arching challenge and I think what work. We're talking about it for structure -- EE -- sort of focus on highways and bridges and chipped and that's what you usually dealing with a daily basis but we're also talking about. On the invisible infrastructure that we need which are part each day including water energy. Public works and and even the structure -- and we need portrait would you. So you know that but the bottom line a lot of the -- at -- and that they're functional -- usable light. And we're being reminded of that bubble on a daily basis I think. A lot of people remember the I 35 bridge collapse and not Minneapolis almost -- year ago now but. You know even just last week I -- Munich in New York. We're open and doubled up you know I'm the actor found that you are under your goal. -- He birdied 1018 hundreds. That's right and in so -- mean you are sort of new challenges -- had been problems that have existed and inculcate that broker that he or more years in on. You know to become -- The political appetite isn't there in Washington. Or elsewhere we basically into kicking the can't on the road. But you know it got to the point actually. -- -- -- Which is largely on that either I don't -- act it's gonna actually be installed on this summer. -- below I believe. Four billion dollars by -- I mean which has never happened before opposite though. One way or another but we're going to have to figure out the funding dilemma within the next couple months. Well one -- pictured took dogs whose severe American Society of Civil Engineers number one there in the business drumming up business. And he claimed that. In the United States at least on the federal highway system were repairing adding to. And upgrading more than we overhead were putting it on the money -- it do you see evidence of that. Sure and I think you know what I think be at each number one frequently quoted on and I think it's important that we highlight that we have a challenge here that we really need to collectively it -- not only. And national all on and Washington all but more importantly from my perspective working. With eight and mature on the ground stop but there's a lot they can do it well I think you know there's been a pop that up. I -- in Washington I'm looking -- -- policy you know President Obama. The port at 300 billion dollar. Took the occasion though on that he's gonna be hopefully reauthorize later this year I'm under another. Other areas proposal put forward on an in congress but I think you know there at the bottom line is there's no silver -- to the problem because they're very complex. They've been around for years and years on and so I think. We're starting dispute more the bottom up approach on prop eight in metropolitan area where. You know the federal government can step up. Actually solve the problem I mean you know projects that we have to get on in the water keep running our cars have to keep using our -- on and so. We're seeing are a lot but we like to call king and do you stay where they're using meat and the actual power managers. And working new partnership talked with -- private actor to get projects not. -- We've we know in this will cost a lot depending. If you -- lot of figures whose can cause a lot. Brutal month longer breed -- a couple over text call. My company's finished 47000. On broad fuel a year 36 ago. That's 5700. Dollars a year for a company with three vehicle. From 41. Garland on -- about Q and while we feel about told -- superdome -- patrol. Of the gonna stop us from using interstate. -- make the roads better put blight reflectors shoulders and set -- rhythm you can charge me more. Most PL kid must be transparent. And every. Neighborhood civic group -- get a appear that or not being paid to to be activists in their neighborhoods. Also the same thing. I'm not -- in India extra because they don't use what we've given them properly how we solve this problem. It's it's certainly a problem not to exclude -- too lenient. I -- all all over the place that we need her. These are questions that are being trapped. You know copy to the northwest. Even our largest city. And you know again I think. -- -- At least can actually. Count very simple. You know that if we stories we got -- you know we can solve the problem -- I think you know as you pointed out and it isn't. The political appetite are quite frankly deep economic will. A lot of that -- so that outpolled the dot com we're still very much coming out of the Great Recession. Budget are very very tight. I'm not only into the city but it date the federal level. But I think but the larger point to to really consider here is. We need to look at every option on the table and you know -- -- In some cases in some states that more people I don't know Maryland that they actually did. An incremental -- do. The paper Brooke group Bridget and of course some computer aren't happy with that but. It has helped. At least somewhat comparable hole. In any budget. On that -- the -- at one point or another -- just going back to. The eighteenth at an app pack you know an inflation adjusted terms today that only work about eleven. Per gallon though I mean we're not we're not covering what we basically need to keep covering pop -- caught. And what we talked about it. Where have all of the hybrid cars the battery powered cars that are coming that natural galaxy team we used at T. Boone Pickens wants to put in place and on and on and on. There's going to be even less money. Too pretty for the infrastructure. One of things at a key period in these transponders. Like we have our calls -- where you group. Bright pair of the total -- could be heaven on board I thought the listeners question was a good. The people can afford that are they going to be denied the federal highways state. I mean there are so many smaller. -- that incremental. Change have to really be considered an -- In any new tax or any increase -- -- actor and policy that an idiot and I think. You know -- -- Washington you know all all options have to wait even whether it. Actually considering. Adapt act or you know I think that -- or larger point is really prioritizing. Certain infrastructure project. Throughout the country. And that really looking at alternative sources of funding that we don't have to about the early relied on sort of an old model that doesn't work anymore which -- the cap stock. On at least one -- and other -- increased that would be needed to a rocket project is not to panic I think I act alone. Or even a user based -- to -- TP. You know I think probably the private sector is gonna have to play a larger role. In a lot of these projects they are media especially -- our our railway armed. But I think you know. -- the vertical and -- my earlier point where sort of the state and metropolitan areas. You know in. Took the apps and the federal leadership they've really got up and still a lot of a lot of these challenges Ian. It's similar to New York Portland in New York has as I can't be at least. All the different matter and -- an embarrassment. To really operate at infrastructure. On and we'll also water Milwaukee and Philadelphia also consider alternative ways to -- is go to -- so. You know it it it very EDT sort of negative picture here but I think they're a lot -- to that spot and being down on the ground. And it we can hop hopefully you know replicate those -- we look at that model. In other parts of the country maybe media can be a good benchmark set to measure our Crocker. Doesn't seem to be -- as dire picture as the media has been meaning it to appreciate the time and their permission we better understand. India Joseph came researcher at the metropolitan policy program. -- -- would would call it --

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