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Unformatted text preview: lling Apart and Falling Behind,”
Transportation Infrastructure Report, Accessed 6/1/12] SM
In stark contrast to our most agile and aggressive foreign competitors, the U.S. stands increasingly alone in our
failure to reorient our transportation spending according to a new forward-looking vision that could build a
transportation network fit for a 21st-century economy. Without a similarly strategic plan of attack to create a stateof-the-art transportation network, the U.S. will be left far behind. This striking lack of vision is a debilitating problem.
Instead of taking a comprehensive look at the current weaknesses in our national network, we are largely following the same policy goals
and guidelines announced when Eisenhower was president. As a result, federal transportation policy is skewed toward
maintaining and expanding the Interstate Highway System. We’ve put relatively little emphasis on targeting our most
economically strategic trade corridors or building new transport systems to meet our 21...
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