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The Infra Community Responds to the State of the Union Address

Posted by Steve Anderson on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

“…we need the fastest, most reliable ways to move people, goods, and information – from high-speed rail to high-speed internet.”

“Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80% of Americans access to high-speed rail, which could allow you go places in half the time it takes to travel by car.”

“Within the next five years, we will make it possible for business to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98% of all Americans. This isn’t just about a faster internet and fewer dropped calls. It’s about connecting every part of America to the digital age.”

-President Barack Obama
State of the Union Address, January 25th, 2011

Response:

“The President understands that America needs a sustainable federal transportation program that helps state departments of transportation modernize and maintain our nation’s transportation systems, and creates jobs during a critical moment in our nation’s economic recovery.”
John Horsley, President, American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

“The President’s remarks that ‘Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail’ are commendable and we stand ready to assist in this planning and the TOD that should accompany it.”
Reconnecting America

“We applaud President Obama’s State of the Union call for smart, targeted transportation investments that connect all Americans to opportunity.”
Equity Caucus at Transportation for America

-“We were thrilled to hear the President come right out and say that investment in transportation and other infrastructure is central to rebuilding and growing our economy…An upfront investment in the most needed, clean transportation projects is a great opportunity to create near-term jobs and lay the groundwork for the future economy.”
James Corless, Director, Transportation for America

“It’s notable that Obama listed infrastructure third in a series with economic innovation and education, listing the strategies the country needs to use to return to its position as a global superpower. It’ll be up to advocates and supporters of sustainable, efficient transportation to keep pushing the administration – and, more importantly, Congress – for the kind of infrastructure investment and innovative reform the country needs.”
Tanya Snyder, Streetsblog Capitol Hill

“The president’s infrastructure initiative is substantial, but more important, it will make a difference for generations to come…He knows that infrastructure is about even more than roads, bridges and buildings; it’s about creating jobs, growing the economy and building the future.”
Edward G. Rendell, Former Pennsylvania Governor

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