Transportation could bring divided Congress together

By Mark Prado
Interstate 580
John Huseby Caltrans

Rep. Nancy Pelosi was voted in as speaker of the House of Representatives Thursday, marking the beginning of the Democrats controlling the body, while Republicans have a majority in the Senate.

While many issues will be fiercely debated this year, there is one topic where the sides may be able to come together: Transportation. 

There has been talk from both sides of the aisle about a transportation infrastructure program, possibly funded by a federal gas tax increase.  

Pelosi and President Donald Trump have indicated backing for transportation infrastructure and it's a topic that appears to have general support. The coming days and weeks will provide a clearer picture.  

Last month the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released the report: “Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future.”

It outlines plans to fix highway interstates around the country, relying on federal gas taxes and local tolls to do the heavy financial lifting.