According to experts from the American Public Transportation Association, Trump could win over voters by investing more money in public transportation.
Americans use public transit more than 35 million times every weekday, but over 40% of buses and 25% of rail transit are in poor condition according to the Federal Transit Administration.
Darnell Grisby, one of the APTA’s associate director, told CNNTech that “Public transportation is more essential to American daily life than ever before.”
Trump pledged he would ask Congress for $1 trillion in an infrastructure bill, but the specifics of what that would fund haven’t been revealed completely. “America has spent approximately $6 trillion in the Middle East, all this while our infrastructure at home is crumbling,” Trump said to Congress. “With this $6 trillion we could have rebuilt our country — twice.”
This pledge would go to roads, airports, pipelines, electrical grids, and even mass transit and high-speed trains. According to Fortune, Trump’s plan would “lays out a system of government backing and tax credits intended to attract private investment in revenue-producing infrastructure projects.”
It would use $167 billion in government-funded equity, with tax credits to attract private investors to help support those projects. This would make the program revenue-neutral. While this may seem like a good idea, there are many toll roads and rail projects that have similar plans with ride the line of dicey propositions for profit-seeking investors.
Whether or not this plan will go into effect is now up to Congress.