Infrastructure

The Committee for a Livable Future, founded by Congressman Blumenauer, is working to ensure roads, bike paths, transit lines, and infrastructure that undergirds America's way of life and her economic strength are safe, environmentally sustainable, and efficient.

Infrastructure Challenges

There are tremendous challenges to the national infrastructure. Climate change and endless use are putting strains on too long neglected infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers graded America's civil infrastructure a D+ and estimated that a $3.6 trillion investment is needed over the next seven years to bring the nation's civil infrastructure to standard. This is not just a problem for roads and bridges:

  • By 2020, every major U.S. container port is projected to double its designed capacity. Some West Coast ports will quadruple.
  • Transit investment is falling while transit use is increasing faster than any other mode of transportation.

Water infrastructure also requires investment

The Committee for a Livable Future has long advocated increased spending on wastewater and drinking water infrastructure. The safety and security of America's water infrastructure is paramount in maintaining the health and happiness of her citizens. Unfortunately the water infrastructure of this great nation is in desperate need of protection and help.

Some more facts on America's water infrastructure needs:

  • There are 72,000 miles of sewer and water pipe that are over 80 years old.
  • The EPA estimates that the funding gap for water infrastructure is $400 billion
  • A new vision for revitalizing America

Building off the work of President Thomas Jefferson in 1808 with the Gallatin Plan, and the work of President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 with the National Conference of Governors, the Committee For a Livable Future is joining Congressman Blumenauer in calling for a national plan that will revitalize America's communities, economy, and infrastructure. Such a plan would allow the United States to meet the challenges posed by climate change, demographic changes, and underinvestment, while keeping America's communities strong.