Trump to unveil outline of infrastructure plan Feb. 12

From Transport Topics.

Details of a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan that would propose funding for rural projects and streamlining the permitting process will be unveiled by President Donald Trump on Feb. 12, a White House official told Transport Topics.

The regulatory process for projects would be reduced from 10 years to two years in the outline of the highly anticipated plan, the official explained Feb. 6. No further details were provided.

The president’s announcement will coincide with the release of the White House’s fiscal 2019 funding request. At the State of the Union, Trump called on lawmakers to produce a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that would streamline the permitting process for big-ticket projects.

During the Jan. 30 address, Trump noted the construction of a New York City landmark nearly a century ago to make the case for bringing the permitting process down to two years, maybe even one year.

“We built the Empire State Building in just one year. Is it not a disgrace that it can now take 10 years just to get a permit approved for a simple road,” Trump said.

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