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The Washington Post: "Gargantuan Large" Investment in Infrastructure Needed

Authors: Ashley Halsey III, and Dana A. Hedgpeth
October 14, 2011

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Ashley Halsey III and Dana A. Hedgpeth consider the need for enormous investments in the U.S. transit system.

The day of President Obama’s inauguration was a record breaker for Washington’s Metro transit system: 1.5 million passengers swarmed aboard its buses and trains.

Days such as the one that nearly overwhelmed the system might one day become routine as projected population growth taxes the regional transportation network.

The grim prospect of a transit agency already burdened with a system that has deteriorated after decades of deferred maintenance and yet will face significant new demand was served up Friday as a microcosm of the nation’s dilemma.

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