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Trump Sworn in as 45th US President, Infrastructure Plans Remain Unclear

by Jana Ritter - Published: 1/20/2017

On Friday, Donald J. Trump was officially sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. While protests erupted throughout Washington, D.C., the inauguration ceremony remained peaceful and the new president addressed the nation with a populist speech vowing to put “America first” and promising to transfer the power from political elites to the people. He spoke about the country’s forgotten men and women, children in poverty, schools in crisis and streets riddled with crime and carnage. What he didn’t mention was his plans for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, which is something the trucking industry has been counting on.

                                                           Trump becomes 45th president

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“It is crumbling. It’s everything—roads, bridges, tunnels,” says Brad Jacobs, chairman and CEO of XPO Logistics. “If enacted properly––and that’s a big if––a major infrastructure rebuilding program would help make us more efficient,” he adds. Wayne Spain, president and COO of Averitt Express also points out that congestion around metropolitan areas has progressively gotten worse over the years and the response has been far too slow in expanding roadways to accommodate the increased traffic. “Hopefully, future infrastructure projects will help alleviate the challenges that commuters and truck drivers are experiencing on our nation’s increasingly busy interstates and highways,” says Spain.

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During his campaign, Trump promised a trillion-dollar infrastructure stimulus that would “build new roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports and the railways of our tomorrow” and create millions of jobs in the process. While he explained that he would advance "myriad economic policies" that would generate the funding needed to cover the huge costs of revamping an entire highway and freight network, he did not specify exactly how his policies would actually see his plans through and he hasn’t said much else about the infrastructure topic since the election.

However, Trump’s incoming Transportation Secretary, Elaine Chao, has made statements about the new administration’s plans to “unleash the potential” of private capital to modernize the infrastructure. During her confirmation hearing, Chao also said that economic gains are being jeopardized by infrastructure "in need of repair, the specter of rising highway fatalities, growing congestion, and by a failure to keep pace with emerging technologies" and that it’s time to take advantage of "innovative financing tools" that can "take full advantage of the estimated trillions in capital that equity firms, pension funds, and endowments can invest." This, she said, would be the “bold, new vision” for transport.

                                                        Obama Trump

As promising as this new vision may sound to some ears, outgoing Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx, has warned that realistically private money can only cover part of the costs (maybe 10 to 20 percent) of what it will take to repair the nation’s transportation problems. “We’re still going to need a fair amount of public funding. I don't see public-private partnership as a 100 percent strategy to solve our transportation problems," Foxx explained. The Obama administration had repeatedly proposed huge government investments in rebuilding US roads and highways, but all those attempts throughout the years were blocked by Republicans.

When and how it gets done remains unclear but trucking industry executives all agree that America is long overdue for an ambitious national infrastructure spending program to at least make America's roads great again. “This should have been done 25 years ago. But better late than never,” says XPO’s Jacobs.

Bruce Cate
Bruce Cate
Don't worry,it will be better.... Get a good night's rest...
Michael Shane Stanton
Michael Shane Stanton
Nothing is going to change. We are still going to get the shaft . Elogs, speed limiters, more regulations, more enforcement... It's done, just put a fork in it. My retirement is coming, fast
Rob Stacconi
Rob Stacconi
Not necessarily. Time will tell
David Morris
David Morris
The orange idiot hasn't kept a promise yet why he start now
Jason Stearns
Jason Stearns
David Morris...it's President Trump. Not anything else...show some respect or weren't you taught any different? And another thing....he was just sworn in right? So,what exactly was he suppose to do since then? Enlighten us if you can....don't worry though,we'll wait. But I'm positive that you can't do that since you're obviously an ignoramus without a clue on these things.
Joshua Carlton
Joshua Carlton
He hasnt kept a promise yet. Better look again punk. He's already put the wheels in motion to get rid of ObamaCare. Let me remind ya that Obama sidestepped congress with over 1900 executive orders. Obama forgot to pardon himself & Clinton. Id love to see the DOJ prosecute the hell outta those 2. That alone would save the US $450,000/yr for the next 20-40 years because both them idiots would be prosecuted for their atrocities & face punishment for committing those atrocities
Brian Brown
Brian Brown
My God. Mexico will build the wall... Not. Now he wants the American tax payers to pay. I'll keep certain parts of the ACA, nope. Republicans are dead set on killing the whole thing. I'll create jobs in out country. Nope, asked for a permit to have immigrants work his vineyard. I'll put a heavy tax on companies that have their goods made in other countries. Well, except for my stuff that I have made in China, Mexico and Vietnam. Oh, and my daughters stuff that's made in Asia. Shall I go on or is that enough?
Bill Mortlock
Bill Mortlock
I suspect DAVID MORRIS is a Democrat after his comment, just SAYIN'!!!
Ronald Hill
Ronald Hill
Well listen to my fellow drivers bitch bitch bitch why don't you guys shut up and give the man a chance he hasn't been in office one damn full day and y'all are bitching your asses off miracles aren't happening overnight fellas be patient
Randy Grant
Randy Grant
Patience is not in there vocabulary!! Just watch them go!! Good advice
Joshua Carlton
Joshua Carlton
Theyre bitching bout nuttin. An executive order has already been signed, effectively startin the process for gettin rid of that stupid ass ObamaCare
Ronald Gaczewski
Ronald Gaczewski
He's a lying conniving POS con man that will make even his biggest supporters sorry they voted for him
Beverly Levesque
Beverly Levesque
everyoNE wants to get rid of Obama care what are the 24 million people going to do then Republicans have had 8 yrs to come up with a plan and they still don't have one
Butch Bearden
Butch Bearden
We also need leadership at FMCSA and the Dept of Transportation that come from the trucking business....not more political hacks that don't know their butts from a hole in the ground..
Kirk Righetti
Kirk Righetti
Honestly I'd be happy of he would do away with ELD...speed limiters, and forced governed trucks unless you truck in Canada too...the states have already shown us they don't don't care about their roads...
Eric Nissen
Eric Nissen
I'm a bit more concerned about the heavy handedness of fmcsa/ ATA goons than I am about the non issue/ 2016 political talking point of our "infrastructure"...And given his choice of transportation secretary, I'm not getting a real fuzzy feeling about that...jmho
Israel Swanner
Israel Swanner
Oh, I'm damn sure she and her family are ALL about easing regulation, if you catch my drift 😜
Gary Cribb
Gary Cribb
Just think how our roads, bridges, power lines would be if all the trillions had been spent restoring them rather than going to the countries that are our enemies?
John Evans
John Evans
That 3B going to Israel to fund shit there we don't have here would help nicely...
Joshua Carlton
Joshua Carlton
The 3B didnt go to Isreal. It went to the UN. Along with another 500M to support the research on climatic change
Joshua Carlton
Joshua Carlton
All under the Obama punk too
Michael Shane Stanton
Michael Shane Stanton
3 billion might build a medium sized bridge, but point is accepted
Ernie Savinsky
Ernie Savinsky
It will happen , concrete is not rocket science, build giant machines that tear up road on one end and lay down new roadway on other end @ ? Mph Or Just make system abusers and welfare work?LOL
Bill Mortlock
Bill Mortlock
Take away the MANDATORY part of elogs and this industry will go like gangbusters!!! The Left always claimed safety concerns, but, the governments own numbers NEVER showed things improving AFTER they (elogs) implemented. I can understand using them for tracking purposes, but if you hire quality drivers, you DON'T have to worry about excessive speed !!! In other words, HIRE QUALIFIED DRIVERS instead of just "Meat in the seat"!!! The industry has created their own "Problem" out of greed. Many companies we ALL know, hire nothing but illegal aliens. East to hire, easy to fire. I could go on all day. I'm just reiterating things we all know. These are problems created by people in government who are CLUELESS about what they are changing and what the consequences will be.
Robert Bell
Robert Bell
Yea maybe they will help him,,,,President Obama had a bill for infrastructure years waiting in Congress,,,all they dod was say no from day one
Gerald Leddin
Gerald Leddin
Don't forget he was left with a debt that his predecessor doubled if his predecessor . So President Trump is starting off with the huge failures two previous administration's, but he is a business man who knows how to get things done...
David Morris
David Morris
Trump was left with a budget that Obama lowered unemployment less than 5 percent
Jason Stearns
Jason Stearns
David Morris...ahhh look at you and your stupidity showing again. I know...you just can't help yourself but that's no excuse. Why are you speaking on matters that you know nothing about? Unemployment is in the double digits moron. Look up the true numbers and stop being an idiot. Smh Left with a budget that Obama lowered? That statement alone shows your total lack of knowledge on any of this. Especially since a budget has nothing to do with the topic at hand. The national debt is 19 trillion and the real unemployment numbers are 9.8 to 12.4% depending on variables like counting or not counting those that work 1 or 2 times a week and others that the obama administration ooted to leave out just to look good to idiots like yourself. Oh and last year the state of Texas added more jobs than the country did as a whole and added more jobs in 8 years than the country did as a whole. While texas added millions of jobs the country dropped 400,000. But obama credited himself for job growth that rick perry added and did the same when a couple other states governors followed suit. And yet morons like yourself believe what obama tells you without checking.
Dean Adams
Dean Adams
Give him a chance. The other one before him talked everyone into a stimulus package making everyone believe it would be used for inferstuction . Where did it go. It all went to bailout GMC, insurance companies, and banks.
Jason Stearns
Jason Stearns
All of these crybabies and more on here crying when the man hasn't been in office and was just sworn in. Lmao The best ones are those talking up obama while complaining about the issues in the industry that happened under his watch. Shut up you hypocritical idiots and go learn something before speaking. You all act like the man said he was going to sign executive orders taking away everything that you don't like in the industry. Lmao The man was just sworn in and had already helped the economy before being sworn in. But the usual soapbox gossiping truck driver only hears or remembers parts of something and gets all excited or angry and takes it to heart. That's because you don't pay attention and if you can't be bothered to pay attention to what was daid then imagine how little you pay attention on the roads. If you cannot be bothered with educating yourself on the facts and truths and just spew random bs online then imagine what you're like on the roads. Yes...they actually do go hand in hand. Your driving reflects who you are and what you're like.
Harvey Burnham III
Harvey Burnham III
Who gives a sh*t.....break out the good lube, because we will have eight years of the working poor getting f****d
Steve Klug
Steve Klug
America is crumbling! Time for us Professionals to build this Nation, get paid Professional wages and throw out these overpaid empty suits that have no skin in this game!
Kenny Snider Sr.
Kenny Snider Sr.
I have seen more road repair in the last 8 years than at any other time in my 57 years.
Jason Stearns
Jason Stearns
I've seen more road repair in the past 40 yrs than I've seen little gray aliens using anal probes on humans.
Joshua Carlton
Joshua Carlton
LMMFAO Jason Stearns. Thats some funny shit right there. I just saw Elvis pouring concrete into a paver last night too.
Brian Brown
Brian Brown
I wouldn't count on it. He's already backed up on several promises.
Jason Stearns
Jason Stearns
Like what? The man just got sworn in. Lmao
Joshua Carlton
Joshua Carlton
He aint backed off on any promises. May have changed his thinkin bout how to handle a couple, but aint backpeddled yet like that worthless pos that promised a smooth transition of power, then did everything to undermine the new potus. That alone says Obama is a pos
Michael Kordi
Michael Kordi
He actually backed off on several promises....promises he guaranteed to follow thru if he got elected.
William Grube
William Grube
Sure can tell who the progressive liberal (unts are on here... SMDH
Wyatt Blackwood
Wyatt Blackwood
They need to get rid of all of these insane environmental regulations.
Griff Ace
Griff Ace
Yeah he's not going to help .but lots of cb chatter at night like the last 8 years.lol
Jonathan Lopez
Jonathan Lopez
He did speak about infrastructure I heard the whole speech. He spoke about building bridges tunnels etc
Jeff Rapp
Jeff Rapp
Its not the federal governments job to repair roads,its the states so good luck
Chuck Kemner
Chuck Kemner
Oh Jeff its state one Federal funds that build the roads
John Evans
John Evans
You must not pay attention to those signs detailing the spending breakdown...it's usually 90/10 federal to state funds...
Jerry Reed
Jerry Reed
As long as he doesn't let political BS get in the way rules.rules.rules...etc
Darling Murphy
Darling Murphy
Dam shore better then obootlip and Hitlary
Kirk Duvall
Kirk Duvall
Just Walk Away, from any intelligent conversation
Chuck Brant
Chuck Brant
HE ALSO NEEDS TO GET RID OF THIS E-LOG BULLSHIT.....
Nesbett Johnson
Nesbett Johnson
Driver I do agree with you on that!I am on Elog now but I was running paper log for 14 years man its really cutting into my performance but I do get alot more sleep now!Lol
Harry Douglas Price
Harry Douglas Price
Unless the Senate stops him!! But could pull an Obama and use executive orders without them !!!!
Armand Plaisance Jr.
Armand Plaisance Jr.
How do u know yet he hasn't had a full day in office. Pray 2 God about it.
John Evans
John Evans
Now why would a Republican Senate not do what a Republican presidential requested, eh?
Carol Owens
Carol Owens
I say wait and see. And call, email and badger your house and Senate reps.
Stuart Asch
Stuart Asch
Don't know about better roads but I believe he'll do something about the crazy regs!!!
Ronald Gaczewski
Ronald Gaczewski
Obama tried several times only to be stymied by the GOP
Jeff French
Jeff French
The only the for certain is Melania's good looks. ;-)
Ryan Forrest
Ryan Forrest
Wall first, roads & bridges second.
Bruce DeWees
Bruce DeWees
Give him a chance, and a little time. ...got to get better
John Rivera
John Rivera
If he comes through on half of his promises I'll be the first to stand up and applaude him.
Doug Nordlund
Doug Nordlund
GOD BLESS THE PRESIDENT and HIS WIFE
Hugh Haynes
Hugh Haynes
Something or someone needs to bless his lunatic ass.
Steve VanPatten
Steve VanPatten

Richard Mcdonald
Richard Mcdonald
Believe it when I see it
Richard Lake
Richard Lake
You'll be out of hours waiting for it to happen
Glen Thibodeaux
Glen Thibodeaux
Not gonna happen
Michael Setterberg
Michael Setterberg
he better
Ernie Bellinger
Ernie Bellinger
Drain the swamp
John Evans
John Evans
He's filling it with the bottom-feeders, if you haven't been paying attention.
Mike Nickelson
Mike Nickelson
Hopefully
Joe Martin
Joe Martin
melt the snowflakes..
John Evans
John Evans
He's the #SnowflakeInChief lol
Jeremy Harris
Jeremy Harris
Just bring back the draft
Barbara Lord
Barbara Lord
Absolutely
Kenny Cope
Kenny Cope
Good luck
Paul Jensen
Paul Jensen
Bridge for sale!!!
Debbie Hetrick
Debbie Hetrick
He can make it happen if he has all the support he needs
Martha Winslow Crop
Martha Winslow Crop
Wait and see, that all ppl can do!
Daniel Mark Miller
Daniel Mark Miller
hes been in office 2 days, is that a real question???
Tina Christine McCaughey Morgan
Tina Christine McCaughey Morgan
I sooo loved her dress!
Peaks Daryl
Peaks Daryl
Can careless
Yosef Algamani
Yosef Algamani
Get rid of DEF too.
Laird James G McCreight
Laird James G McCreight
He said a lot of stuff while campaigning. We'll see.
Christopher Darnell Eaker
Christopher Darnell Eaker
Not
Donnie Wasson
Donnie Wasson

Wesley Reese
Wesley Reese
Truckers need it come on trump make it happen lol
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
Anything about this is so important
Thomas Sr Mayrose
Thomas Sr Mayrose
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