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Our crumbling infrastructure and long commutes

by Thom Hartmann posted Jul 12 2012 2:44PM

Our public transportation system is failing low-income workers.  According to a new study by the Brookings Institute – only a quarter of Americans can get to their job within 90 minutes using public transportation.  For a lot of Americans who can’t afford a car – or the gas to commute the average 13 miles it takes for the typical American to get to work – then public transportation is their only option.  But that means long, exhausting commutes.

The study goes on to recommend that it’s, “critical then for the nation to focus on smart transit investments.”  That means spending federal money on infrastructure – something that Republicans in Congress have absolutely refused to do, despite the fact that America currently has a $2 trillion infrastructure deficit – meaning we need at least $2 trillion worth of repairs just to get everything up-to-date.

Considering there’s roughly 15 million American unemployed or underemployed – it’s good policy to put them back to work rebuilding our roads, bridges, and rails.  That is unless Republicans REALLY believe that a deteriorating 20th century infrastructure will keep America competitive in the 21st century global marketplace.

Join Mark Riley in calling out the necessary repairs around New York City.  Send pics of crumbling infrastructure in your neighborhood or your commute to roadwork@wwrl1600.com.  Be sure to include your first name, your neighborhood, and where the pictures were taken.

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07/12/2012 2:57PM
Our crumbling infrastructure and long commutes
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