It's Sunday in August. I'm on a ferry between Bridgeport CT and Port Jefferson, Long Island, using 21st century technology to type this blog post. So why are our ports and ferries like third world infrastructure? Why do our rail stations look like down market, off-track betting parlors?
A big part of the reason is the willful denial by voters of the need to invest in the first world amenities and hard transportation assets like European and Asian allies have. What comes to mind, foremost, is Japan.
|The ferry terminal is adjacent to a coal-fired power plant, the kind contributing to global warming|
On a recent trip to Japan, the rail and port ferry infrastructure was astonishing. Why can't we have first-world infrastructure for trains and port ferries in the U.S.? After all, we helped Japan rebuild its infrastructure shattered in the Second World War.
The decline of US infrastructure to train and port infrastructure has been obvious for decades. Why not just give Japan the contract, to do the improvements to infrastructure we can't do?
|What remains of a once vital waterfront: government patrol vessels|