Washington Train Tragedy Turns Trump Agenda Back To Infrastructure

December 19, 2017

Three people died and more than one hundred others were hurt Monday when an Amtrak passenger train jumped the tracks outside of Tacoma, Washington, and landed on the highway below. President Trump offered his condolences for the victims, but only after he tweeted that the accident “shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly."
 
Those Washington train tracks were, in fact, funded by a recent infrastructure investment program. And while the president has yet to detail exactly where one-trillion dollars in funds for his infrastructure plan would come from, or where they would go, federal funding for Amtrak developments like this one would actually be cut if the White House’s 2018 budget proposal passed.
 
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a Harvard Business School professor and the author of “Move: How to Rebuild and Reinvent America’s Infrastructure,” joined Adam Reilly to discuss the state of Trump’s infrastructure plan and what can be done to prevent accidents like these in the future.


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