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Road to Nowhere: Federal Transportation Infrastructure Policy

Progress Report and Scorecard

Authors: , Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, and Rebecca Strauss

Road to Nowhere: Federal Transportation Infrastructure Policy - road-to-nowhere-federal-transportation-infrastructure-policy  

Publisher Council on Foreign Relations Press

Release Date Updated January 2016

8 pages

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How America Stacks Up: Economic Competitiveness and U.S. Foreign Policy compiles all eight Progress Reports and Scorecards from CFR's Renewing America initiative in a single digital collection. Explore the book and download an enhanced ebook for your preferred device. 

In his blog post, CFR Senior Fellow and Renewing America Director Edward Alden introduces the Renewing America Progress Report and Scorecard series, which is intended to highlight—in both a visually compelling fashion and in a more detailed narrative—the challenges the United States faces in rebuilding the foundations of its economic strength.

The second installment of the series, "Road to Nowhere: Federal Transportation Infrastructure Policy," provides a critical assessment of federal transportation policy. Just a generation ago, the United States invested heavily to create one of the world's best transportation infrastructure networks. But now, with real investment stagnating even as much of the infrastructure is reaching the end of its useful life, global economic competitors are leaving the United States behind. Along with a description of major policy initiatives, the report analyzes what's needed to get U.S. transportation infrastructure back on track.

Infrastructure Scorecard

This scorecard is part of CFR's Renewing America initiative, which generates innovative policy recommendations on revitalizing the U.S. economy and replenishing the sources of American power abroad. Scorecards provide analysis and infographics assessing policy developments and U.S. performance in such areas as infrastructure, education, international trade, and government deficits. The initiative is supported in part by a generous grant from the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Foundation.

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More About This Publication

Edward Alden is the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and director of the Renewing America initiative.

Rebecca Strauss is associate director for Renewing America publications.

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