Nelson and the senators held a press conference Tuesday on Capitol Hill to announce the plan. Citing the American Society of Civil Engineers estimate, the senators said that the United States would have to spend $1.6 trillion more than the current spending level to get the country’s infrastructure to a “good” state. Including Sunrail, the infrastructure budget would include $180 billion to replace, repair and expand rail and bus systems to reduce the cost of commuting for Americans. “To address overcrowding and ridership growth, we will invest $25 billion to advance subway, light rail, streetcar and bus rapid transit projects that are under development but lack funding and $15 billon to expand existing public transportation facilities, like stations,” according to the Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure released Tuesday.
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