December 14, 2020
During the pandemic, the country’s transportation network garnered a spotlight as first responders and a workforce that includes truckers maneuvered through freight and commuter corridors. Crucial in the delivery of health care supplies, food and other goods is reliable “last-mile” access and a functioning aviation industry. If one listens to infrastructure stakeholders, a recovery from the pandemic and an economic upturn is achieved with some degree of investments in transportation. With congressional leaders negotiating a year-end fiscal 2021 funding package that would target transportation agencies, myriad sectors continue to press for billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief. Transit operators renewed their calls for additional aid to avoid disruptions in service. Port operators recently renewed such calls, as well. As policymakers prepare to kick off the 117th session of Congress in January, they may again acknowledge there are a variety of transportation issues in need of attention. These include, for instance, autonomous vehicles, rural broadband, research and development, renewable energy and alternative sources of funding.
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