Transportation sec'y upbeat about infrastructure

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Associated Press

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 1:34 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 15 at 7:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says he sees signs the nation may finally be ready to tackle its "infrastructure deficit."

Foxx says one reason for optimism is that members of Congress are beginning to talk about specific proposals to shore up the federal Highway Trust Fund, which pays for highway and transit aid. The fund has been teetering on the edge of insolvency for years.

He told The Associated Press in an interview that state and local transportation agencies have also begun making project dollars go farther through better technology and improved construction practices.

Foxx said one of his priorities will be to develop a national plan that forecasts transportation needs using changing demographics, such as the population booms in some cities.

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