Skip to Content
Streetsblog California home
Streetsblog California home
Log In
Streetsblog USA

In Case There Was Any Doubt, Trump’s Infrastructure “Plan” Going Nowhere

Photo: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

Donald Trump was supposed to give a boring speech about infrastructure this week. U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Chao was there. So was a flow chart that the president held up against her to demonstrate federal red tape, or something. Trump can't resist props.

But even more than that, he can't resist defending neo-Nazis and white supremacists, and so a press event about infrastructure became a testament to the president's abhorrent views on race.

Trump's comments equating the racist mob in Charlottesville to counter-protesters prompted a wave of resignations from his manufacturing council, leading him to disband it to prevent further humiliation.

Then he preemptively disbanded a number of other advisory groups, and yesterday Bloomberg reported that one of the casualties is the president's infrastructure council.

Trump's inability to stage a mere press conference on infrastructure and the dissolution of his advisory council drive home what has been clear for a long time: His infrastructure plan is going nowhere.

I use the term "plan" loosely because it's more like the shell of an idea than a set of actual policies. A big number has been tossed around -- $1 trillion. And there's been a lot of vague talk about tax breaks and private financing of infrastructure projects. It never really got more specific than that.

The fact that any momentum for Trump's infrastructure plan has completely dissipated is good news for cities and the climate. All signs were pointing to a sprawl-inducing disaster.

Trump's DOT is already weakening rules to prevent climate change. His budget proposals have attacked transit and programs that support better walking and biking infrastructure. Even the federal freight program is being retooled to encourage sprawl.

Early on, leading Democrats said they were inclined to work with Trump on infrastructure. It's hard to see how those negotiations would have turned out better than the status quo, when the White House's starting point was likely to be a massive toll road bonanza.

Now that's all moot, and America's transportation systems are better off for it.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog California

Automated Enforcement Coming Soon to a Bus Lane Near You

Metro is already installing on-bus cameras. Soon comes testing, outreach, then warning tickets.

April 19, 2024

Friday’s Headlines

SF plans street redesign at crash site; Santa Cruz commission still supports plan to have both trail and rail; State budget includes subsidies for fossil fuel industry; Unhoused camping; More

April 19, 2024

Legislators Tackle AV, School Zone Safety

Are AVs freight trucks ready to be deployed on California roads with no one in them?

April 17, 2024

Metro Looks to Approve Torrance C Line Extension Alignment

Selecting the relatively low-cost hybrid alternative should help the oft-delayed South Bay C Line extension move a step closer to reality

April 17, 2024
See all posts