Just like we need to invest in maintaining our homes or cars to get the longest life possible from them, we need to invest in our current transportation infrastructure. Deferred maintenance of our roads and bridges has created public safety risks and we can no longer sit back and wait for the next bridge collapse before we act. Dollars invested will be dollars well spent as the added boon to our economy will support continued economic development.
In addition to performing long overdue maintenance of roads and bridges, America must seriously consider expanding our public transportation grid through the development of high speed commuter rail lines as well as easily accessible charging stations for electric vehicles. Not only will these investments pay off in a decrease in oil dependence, but we have the added benefit of decreasing our carbon footprint as we move towards more and more clean energy options.