November 2023

The IIJA Turns Two

Michael Bennon

David Leonhardt’s recent essay in The New York Times titled Longer Commutes, Shorter Lives is, in parts, a thorough indictment of American transportation infrastructure progress over the last half century. Between the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869 and the first transcontinental passenger flight in 1959, American transportation experienced one revolution after another. Its stagnation since 1970 has been equally remarkable.

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