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Transportation in trouble

Our nation's transportation system is in serious trouble.

That's the conclusion of a report issued this morning based on a conference held last year by more than 80 transportation experts, including two former Department of Transportation secretaries, Norman Y. Mineta and Samuel Skinner.

Among the report's findings is that U.S. transportation funding is so inadequate that we lag behind China, Russia and European nations, and the deficiency will imperil our economic prosperity.

In Washington we've seen the affect of this funding problem first hand, with one example being the crumbing infrastructure of our Metro system.

The Mineta-Skinner group estimated that the nation needs to spend an additional $134 billion to $262 billion per year through 2035 to rebuild and improve roads, rail systems and transportation by air.

Read the complete story by Ashley Halsey III, who is attending a press conference this morning where Mineta, Skinner and officials from the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs will discuss 10 recommendations by the group, including finding ways beyond the gas tax to pay for transportation infrastructure and prioritizing projects with long-term economic benefits.

Failing transportation system imperils prosperity, reports says
The report (large PDF)

From the Post's archives:

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By Michael Bolden  | October 4, 2010; 10:16 AM ET
Categories:  Metro, Transportation Politics  
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