American needs to start focusing on public transportation, which is one of the pressing issues. Annually, the public sector spends around $170 billion on transportation, and we will need to spend even more to revamp our battered infrastructure.
However, another crucial problem we are experiencing at the moment is that our nation lacks a clear-cut vision. In this case, there is no way to target spending and make sure that all those billions reach an economic and environmental goal. So, here are a couple of suggestions our state officials should consider.
Our country should be more export-oriented, for the future of our economy. But now, there is no way to ensure that ports and border crossings will accomplish such a goal. No one is paying enough attention that traffic moves smoothly through these areas. If we are talking about Mexico and Canada, these crossings are always clogged, which interrupts trade and creates additional issues.
When we consider challenges that Detroit is facing, which is the number one binational trading center on the planet, we then realize how our economy is in jeopardy. This trading corridor is connecting the U.S. and Canadian auto industries, and other sectors.
Considering that Canada is our most significant trading partner, we should work hard to fix the problem happening on Ambassador Bridge.
The U.S economy should think of the ways to reduce carbon dioxide and improve the quality of the air. We should explore green energy and unleash entrepreneurial activity around green technology. Yet, the US officials have been slow to address this problem.
One of the problems we are facing now is the lack of regulations. There is no gaining authority which will make sure that all players talk to each other and don’t work at cross purposes. Let’s take for example electric cars. The Obama administration’s goal was to put one million electric vehicles on the roads by 2015. He managed to accomplish that, but they oversaw charging places.
The 21st century brought us great technology which we can use to make transportation smoother and more efficient. For instance, traffic signals that are controlled by computers can optimize the flow of traffic.
Electronic toll-collection tags allow drivers to pay without stopping and so on.
Yet, the use of these technologies on our roadways is lacking. One of the reasons why there is no incentive for cities to utilize these innovations is because transportation dollars aren’t distributed based on performance.