A $1 trillion infrastructure package that the Trump administration is considering has some advantages over a proposal by Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, but still will require far too much deficit spending on things that private industry and transportation users should be willing to pay for themselves.
By forbidding transit employees from wearing masks on March 6, an order not rescinded until about March 30, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority may have helped the spread of the coronavirus and the deaths of more than 70 transit workers as well as innumerable passengers.
We already have a transportation system that is resilient in the face of black swans such as the coronavirus pandemic, but we need to defend that system against powerful political forces that are trying to dismantle it.
Contrary to a recent New York Times article, we should celebrate the decline of transit systems that cost taxpayers $50 billion a year as new forms of private transporation are taking the place of public transit.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is upset that the Trump Administration won’t fund 81 percent of an expensive tunnel under the Hudson River, but the administration is merely following Congressional direction.