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Building for the 21st Century

An Infrastructure Plan to Create Jobs, Increase Resilience, & Usher in a New Era of Opportunity

Infrastructure is essential to our daily lives. In principle, excellent infrastructure enables our communities to thrive. For example, parents can make their kid’s soccer game or get home in time for dinner rather than sitting in traffic for hours. Everyone has safe drinking water and breathes clean air. Cities and towns invest in parks, modern school buildings, and streets that support local jobs and attract businesses and families. State-of-the-art airports, public transit, highways, waterways, and railways enable people to travel safely and goods to get to market. And high-speed Internet supports new industries and connects friends and family across the world.

Yet over the last four years, politicians in Washington have failed to deliver for the American people. The current administration has been incapable of keeping its promise to pass major infrastructure legislation, and critical projects around the country are stalled because of it. Meanwhile, our roads and bridges crumble, our schools fall into disrepair, water systems poison our children, and our flood protection systems fail as climate change accelerates. When our infrastructure works well, we hardly notice. These days, we notice our infrastructure a lot.

In communities across America, we know that investments in infrastructure create well-paying jobs and provide essential services like water and transportation that help us raise families and start businesses. This is why cities and towns have been leading the way on new infrastructure partnerships and approaches. Yet too often, as I saw in South Bend, the federal government does not help as it should—by failing to fund and prioritize infrastructure or by relying on outdated standards.

Under my administration, local governments will finally have a partner in Washington. As a former mayor, I know that priority-based budgets made locally are better than budget-based priorities set in Washington. That’s why we will ensure that federal funds go to the cities, counties, tribes, towns, and states that need more resources to create good jobs and combat climate change through smart infrastructure investments.

My infrastructure plan achieves three things: opportunity, equity, and empowerment. First, we will create opportunities for individuals and communities, including millions of well-paying union jobs. Second, we will close disparities and ensure that everyone has access to adequate infrastructure like clean drinking water and affordable ways to get to work. Finally, we will empower local communities to lead on infrastructure development so that they can support safe, vibrant, growing neighborhoods.


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My administration will invest over $1 trillion in working with states, cities, and other local governments to build the sustainable infrastructure of the 21st century. We will achieve measurable outcomes for opportunity, equity, and empowerment:

  • Create six million well-paying jobs with strong labor protections, especially in underrepresented communities.
  • Ensure that every American has access to clean drinking water.
  • Lower water bills nationwide, slashing the average bill by 50 percent–the equivalent of over $600–for 10 million families.
  • Protect millions of families from lead in paint and water through a $100 billion investment.
  • Update and fix the majority of our roads and bridges in poor condition by 2030.
  • Invest in sustainable infrastructure that enables 50 percent of U.S. counties to grow over the next 10 years, as measured by an increase in jobs, businesses, or population.

Key policies include:

Jobs

  • Create six million well-paying jobs with strong labor protections. For every infrastructure project that his administration funds, Pete will protect and support the Davis-Bacon Act to ensure that workers are paid fair wages and that taxpayers receive the best value for their money.
  • Commit $10 billion to attracting and training a skilled infrastructure workforce, including by supporting pre-apprenticeship programs that collaborate with Registered Apprenticeships. He will also establish a National Infrastructure Accelerator and offer $100 million in grants to support initiatives that introduce K-12 students to infrastructure and clean energy jobs.
  • Dramatically expand access to infrastructure jobs for underrepresented communities. Pete will commit $100 million to expanding Apprenticeship Readiness Programs that help job seekers from underrepresented communities enter apprenticeships and careers.
  • Create a $200 billion transition fund for workers in a clean energy economy. Pete’s transition fund will support programs to align mining and fossil fuel workers with new well-paying jobs with strong labor protections in clean energy and sustainable infrastructure.
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Clean Water

  • Ensure lead-free water by investing $20 billion in replacing three million lead service lines by 2030 and supporting best-in-class corrosion control. As a Midwestern mayor of an industrial city, Pete understands the severity of this threat and knows that addressing these problems is not easy. That is why Pete will provide the resources to tackle this crisis by establishing a $100 billion Lead-Safe Communities Fund to address lead in water, paint, and soil.
  • Prevent and address PFAS contamination by establishing science-based standards that limit the amount of PFAS in drinking water and developing safe alternatives to PFAS in commercial use.
  • Lower water bills by an average of 50 percent–the equivalent of over $600–for 10 million families through a Drinking Water Assistance Matching Fund. Water and wastewater services are unaffordable for nearly 14 million households, and this number could triple within five years. The Fund will provide a 1:3 federal funding match for states and local water systems that assist low-income families with water bill payments.
  • Invest over $30 billion in water and wastewater infrastructure to expand access to basic services, upgrade existing systems, and drive innovative approaches.
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Public Transportation

  • Invest $150 billion to support cities and towns in providing equitable public transportation, including improved options for subway, light rail, bus rapid transit, and last mile service.
  • Expand accessible rural public transportation with a $12 billion investment.
  • Improve the connectivity and safety of our national rail network.


Stalled Infrastructure Projects in Iowa


Transportation: New Options for Communities

  • Ensure that federal transportation projects improve access to opportunity by determining how effectively they connect people to jobs and services.
  • Double the BUILD program and create a Local Leaders Office at the Department of Transportation (DOT) to help local communities more easily access federal funds and expertise.
  • Create a new $3 billion grant program for programs of national significance to facilitate collaboration across states and regions.


Stalled Infrastructure Projects in New Hampshire

Roads & Bridges

  • Provide dedicated funding to repair half of roads in poor condition and structurally deficient bridges by 2030. Pete’s DOT will strengthen State of Good Repair Performance Management requirements and require states to develop achievable plans for maintaining their roads before they use federal funds for new roads or expansions. He will also create a $50 billion grant program for states to repair bridges.
  • Power millions of new electric vehicles (EVs) by investing $6 billion in new charging infrastructure. Investing in EVs is a tool both to combat climate change and to drive manufacturing job growth. Pete will provide $6 billion in grants and loans through the American Clean Energy Bank for states and cities to partner with private companies and unions on installing publicly available charging infrastructure powered by clean energy. At least 40 percent of the funds will be available for projects in multi-unit dwellings and economically disadvantaged communities.
  • Make the Highway Trust Fund solvent. The Highway Trust Fund has been insolvent since 2008, causing uncertainty about whether states can complete critical projects. Pete will inject $165 billion into the Fund to ensure that it remains solvent through 2029.
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Road Safety

  • Build safer roads for all, including by doubling funding for the Transportation Alternatives Program to install more accessible sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes. Pete will provide incentives for states, cities, and counties to build safe, accessible roads and retrofit existing unsafe roads. His DOT will work with tribal communities to ensure that roads in Indian Country are safe for families.
  • Increase funding in the Highway Safety Improvement Program for building safer rural roads. Pete’s DOT will also fund studies to improve road safety on rural roads, which account for 50 percent of traffic fatalities and are over twice as deadly as urban roads.
  • Connect funding to safety performance by requiring state transportation agencies to set targets that reduce fatalities and injuries and are consistent with a national Vision Zero goal. Pete’s administration will require states to actively improve their safety records or road design processes, or else lose federal funding for other roadway projects.
  • Incentivize safe driving practices. Pete will increase federal funding to $1 billion a year for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Highway Administration to address unsafe driving behavior, research solutions for distracted driving, and strengthen enforcement.
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Air & Shipping

  • Repair and modernize inland waterways through a $5 billion investment.
  • Invest in cleaner and more efficient ports.
  • Make our aviation system safer and more accessible for small communities.

Community Empowerment

  • Protect millions of families from lead poisoning by investing $80 billion in lead-based paint remediation and ensuring that the EPA fully enforces the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule.
  • Double funding for Community Development Block Grants.
  • Create good infrastructure jobs in local communities, including by extending the DOT’s Local Labor Hiring Preference Pilot and promoting Community Benefit Agreements.
  • Repair school infrastructure. America’s $46 billion annual funding gap for repairing school buildings harms many students, including students in communities of color who suffer from poor heating and mold in classrooms. Pete's administration will provide schools with $80 billion in grants and loans to repair classrooms and facilities.
  • Offer cities and states $3 billion to launch programs that lower infrastructure costs for low-income families.
  • Mitigate past injustices in transportation planning. Pete will use innovative solutions like complete urban streets to mitigate the negative effects of highway expansion projects on Black and Latino neighborhoods.
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Broadband

  • Ensure full high-speed broadband coverage with an $80 billion Internet For All initiative.
  • Ensure that students can use the Internet to learn and succeed.
  • Make broadband more affordable, especially for low-income families.


Stalled Infrastructure Projects in South Carolina


Climate & Resilience

  • Repair and modernize flood protection systems in every community that needs it by 2030.
  • Prepare for rising seas with a $40 billion Sea Level Defense Fund.
  • Empower communities to develop tailored solutions for resilience through Cooperative Extensions for Climate and Flood Resilience.
  • Increase reliable water supply to mitigate the effects of drought.
  • Expand pre-disaster mitigation programs for inland and coastal areas.
  • Create a U.S. Infrastructure Cyber-Protection Taskforce to protect against digital threats.
  • Build a more resilient electric grid by improving risk management and emergency response.
  • Protect against wildfires, including by recruiting 5,000 firefighters and fire management experts.


Stalled Infrastructure Projects in Nevada

  • Roads and bridges: Nevada faces a $450 million backlog of road and bridge repairs. The need for repairs is especially severe in Nevada’s 15 rural counties. Bad roads cost Nevada drivers $3.2 billion annually.“Nevada 2018 Infrastructure Report Card.” American Society of Civil Engineers. 2018.
    • Key policy: Pete’s plan will ensure that 50% of critical road repairs occur by 2030. He will create a $50 billion bridge repair program with dedicated funding available for rural areas.
  • Water infrastructure: The EPA estimates that Nevada will need over $5.3 billion in investment over the next 20 years to meet the state’s clean water needs. Las Vegas and Reno will require additional resources to accommodate their rapidly growing populations, and Nevada’s rural areas have historically lacked resources and funding to meet their water needs.“Nevada 2018 Infrastructure Report Card.” American Society of Civil Engineers. 2018.
    • Key policy: Pete will invest over $30 billion in water infrastructure. This is a massive expansion of resources for upgrading existing water infrastructure and finding innovative approaches to improve wastewater services.
  • School repair needs: Nevada’s rural school districts suffer from chronic underfunding. For example, two of the ten school buildings in White Pine County are over a century old. “Nevada 2018 Infrastructure Report Card.” American Society of Civil Engineers. 2018.
    • Key policy: Pete will create an $80 billion school repair program, so that schools can update and renovate their buildings and create high-quality learning environments for students.

Innovation

  • Develop smart and integrated infrastructure by establishing a Digital Infrastructure Council and tasking every infrastructure agency with creating a digital infrastructure strategy.
  • Lead the world in safe and zero-emissions autonomous vehicle technology.
  • Create the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Infrastructure to research innovative infrastructure technologies and solutions.


Stalled Infrastructure Projects in California

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