Democrats take advantage of air and car stress to boost reconstruction
As the holiday season is in full swing, the Democratic Party appears to be promoting President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better infrastructure package using travel-related billboard advertisements.
One such billboard, just south of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, emphasizes the importance of rebuilding the country’s infrastructure as the busy holiday season continues to intensify.
“Are you stressed by travel? Asks the notice board. “President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law will deliver: better airports, safer roads, smoother travel.”
The billboard, which was paid for by the Democratic National Committee, was accompanied by a photo of President Biden signing infrastructure legislation at the White House in November.
It is not known how many more billboards have been erected around Atlanta, or if similar advertisements are planned in other cities.
As part of Biden’s larger Build Back Better program, the bill, officially known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, called for spending $ 1.2 trillion to improve various public works in the United States. .
This includes a $ 25 billion investment in upgrading US airports. The White House noted that US airports “are far behind our competitors,” adding that “no US airport ranks in the top 25 airports in the world. [in some rankings]. “
The funds would go to modernizing basic infrastructure at many older airports, as well as reducing congestion at these sites. The White House also said the airport upgrades would help improve supply chain issues worsening inflation across the country.
Working to reduce congestion in the skies will likely be good news for Hartsfield-Jackson travelers. As the COVID-19 pandemic halted global travel, the Atlanta airport remains one of the busiest in the world for passenger air traffic and has held the top spot for 21 consecutive years.
Hartsfield-Jackson officials said The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it would handle around 3.7 million passengers during the holiday season, which was comparable to the number of trips seen before the COVID pandemic.
For those who choose to travel by car, the infrastructure law would also provide $ 110 billion for repairs to American roads and bridges. The White House has said that one in five kilometers of US roads and at least 45,000 bridges need repairs.
The White House went on to call the funding “the biggest investment in repairing and rebuilding our country’s bridges since the construction of the interstate highway system.”
This is potentially good news for future holiday seasons, as a significant number of travelers choose to drive rather than fly while on holiday. AAA estimates that 48.3 million people will be behind the wheel rather than sitting in an airplane seat this Christmas.
The package also aims to make roads safer, as the agreement includes a one-of-a-kind program to help reduce the number of road fatalities. Pavement deaths were at least 20,000 in the first half of 2021, according to the White House.
In addition to roads and airports, the bill signed by President Biden also sets aside funds for a variety of other infrastructure programs, many of which target climate change. This includes building electric vehicle charging stations, providing clean water and eliminating lead pipes, and ensuring broadband Internet access for rural Americans.
News week has contacted the Democratic Party of Georgia for comment.