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What the Swiss Can Teach NYC   Leave a comment

What The Swiss Can Teach New York City

NEW YORK CITY – America is falling apart.  Anyone who travels in this great land knows it.

This great city is crumbling.  I’m scared to take the underwater tunnels to Long Island or New Jersey. Our local airport, LaGuardia, should be in Zimbabwe.

The American Society of Civil Engineers warns that crumbling roads, rusting bridges, decaying railroads and transit systems are costing the nation $129 billion each year, and that crumbling infrastructure adds $97 billion annually and caused travel delays of $28 billion annually.

I raise this scandalous  issue because Switzerland, a tiny nation of only 8.2 million, just opened the remarkable Gothard Base Tunnel, the world’s longest and deepest rail and road tunnel drilled right through the highest Alps.

Source: What the Swiss Can Teach NYC

 

 

I have not traveled in Switzerland and, being from Alaska where federal highway standards cannot stand up to permafrost, I tend to see the Lower 48 highways as LOVELY, but the argument is essentially a good one … except highways really need to be taken care of by states, not the federal government, and privatized if possible. Think about it. The State of Alaska does not actually build the highways. Private contractors do the actual work. So why not cut out the middle man and make roads a whole lot less expensive to build? Lela

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