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Unformatted text preview: =/c/a/2009/11/21/IN2H1ALLFM.DTL#ixzz1ySjUopPk) Whether such a bill can be put to the best use for jobs depends on whether Congress and the Obama administration invest in the right type of transportation infrastructure. One good approach would be to focus on repairing existing infrastructure: fill the potholes and refurbish old bridges that cost Americans time, money and wear and tear on vehicles. However, the best approach would be to direct new investment in public mass transit because it creates the most jobs per dollar spent, according to the Surface Transportation Policy Project. It also responds to the growing demand for good transit that began with rising gasoline prices in 2008. In addition, mass transit investment also cuts air and global warming pollution. In fact, a report by the Duke University Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness shows that increasing investment in conventional and green transit bus systems would cut greenhouse gas pollution around the country. It would also create high-quality, long-term manufacturing jobs in nearly every state in the eastern United States as well as Northern California. [____] Government support of mass transit is key to save American manufacturing Fitzgerald 2010- professor and director of the graduate program in Law, Policy and Society and a Senior Research Fellow at the Kitty and Michael Kukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy a t Northeastern University (Joan, Granquist, Khatiwada, McLaughlin, Renner, “Reviving the U.S. Rail and Transit Industry: Investments and Job Creation”, WorldWatch Institute)//AWV The bottom line is that the United States needs to focus on high-end manufacturing. A strategy for doing so is to link manufacturing to other policy goals. Countries in both Europe and Asia have successfully linked the development of state-of-the-art public transit systems to manufacturing. These countries are now exporting or producing technologically sophisticated transit vehicles around the world. It is time for the United States to become a producer, rather than a consumer, of transit vehicles. But no single industry will save U.S. manufacturingthe country needs a coherent industrial policy. In reports such as this one, the authors are con - strained by the boundaries of current policy debate if they expect to be taken seriously. As a result, even though the above analysis indicates that the level of funding proposed under the I nternational Competitiveness scenario would most forcefully accelerate the development of a strong U.S. transit industry, the less-ambitious Increased Domestic Investment level is recommended here —and even this is an aggressive funding scenario given the current political climate. Nevertheless, the analysis in this report plainly suggests that if U.S. manufacturing is to experience a serious revival that produces more than fragmented show- case projects and scattered jobs, public policy needs to think much bigger and more boldly than it currently does. 29 | P a g e Mass Transit Affirmative BDL Answers to: Road Focus Good for Economy [____] Mass transit helps the US e...
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