Though improving America’s infrastructure is one of the few policy areas that continually garners bipartisan support, America’s infrastructure problems continue to worsen as solutions escape policymakers. One particular area in need of a solution is how design, build, operate, and maintain infrastructure in a less expensive manner without sacrificing quality, reliability, or public safety. Can this be done?
On March 16 Brookings Economic Studies’ Center on Regulation and Markets hosted a discussion on how to create a smarter, more efficient approach to infrastructure. At the start of the event, U.S. Department of Transportation Under Secretary Derek Kan discussed the president’s new infrastructure initiative. Following Kan’s remarks, a panel of experts explored how to implement infrastructure projects that save American taxpayer dollars while delivering the infrastructure investment that Americans deserve. After presentations, Under Secretary Kan and panelists took questions from the audience.