Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Monday that the deadly commuter train crash in New York over the weekend is indicative of the lack of government investment in the nation’s aging infrastructure.
Mr. LaHood, a Republican, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that it is unclear what caused the train to derail in the New York borough of the Bronx Sunday that killed four and left dozens hurt, but that it is clear that more money must be set aside for the nation’s roads, bridges and rail projects.
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“We just have not made the investments,” Mr. LaHood said. “It is going to be up to Congress. It is going to be up to the administration. It is going to be up to the people to decide that they are sick and tired of riding on crumbling roads, driving on bad bridges, dangerous bridges, and riding on 50-year-old transit systems that are in very bad need of repair.”
Mr. Lahood, who led the Department of Transportation from 2009 until 2013, said that the $831 billion stimulus package that President Obama signed in 2009 should have included more money for transportation projects.
“Should it have been more money? Of course,” he said. “Rather than $48 billion, it should have been $480 billion.”