The United States was once among the world leaders in quality infrastructure; now, we rank just 11th according to the World Economic Forum. In the 2017 report by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the overall assessment of our nation’s infrastructure ranked the U.S. at a D+.
Our infrastructure is woefully lacking and a daily inconvenience to the citizens of Silicon Valley. Transportation is about far more than simply getting from one place to another. It's about creating jobs, stimulating the economy, revitalizing neighborhoods, cleaning our air, and allowing all commuters to spend less frustrating time in gridlock, and more quality time with their families. We need to invest more in local transportation infrastructure, and empower local governments and communities in developing unique solutions to local problems.
Public transportation should help more people access economic opportunities throughout Silicon Valley. To improve transportation, I will advocate for a multi-modal transportation system, including mass transit, new buses and more bus routes, ride-sharing services, and the expansion of BART. It is past time for us to invest heavily in our crumbling roads, bridges, and transit systems to transform our infrastructure, create millions of jobs, and compete in the 21st century global economy.
Click here to learn more about the bills that I introduced and cosponsored.