By Lauren Schapker, vice president of legislative affairs, ARTBA

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden vowed to invest in transportation infrastructure during his Aug. 20 speech accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. 

“Together, we can, and we will, rebuild our economy,” he said. “And when we do, we’ll not only build it back, we’ll build it back better. With modern roads, bridges, highways, broadband, ports and airports as a new foundation for economic growth.” 

Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan to invest in infrastructure, manufacturing, and workforce development, was promoted throughout the convention as his road map for economic recovery. He reinforced his commitment to investing $2 trillion in infrastructure in a conversation with autoworkers prior to his acceptance speech. Earlier in the week, local Democratic officials also highlighted the role his plan would play in creating economic opportunity through investment in infrastructure.  

The Democratic Party outlined its positions and agenda in a July 27 platform document, which also committed to “immediate action” on investment if Biden wins the White House.

“We will repair, modernize, and expand our highways, roads, bridges, and airports, including by installing 500,000 public charging stations for electric vehicles, ensuring our passenger transportation systems are resilient to the impacts of climate change, and using safe, modern design approaches that allow drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and others to safely share the road,” the platform says.

The televised four-day nominating convention was largely a virtual event because the planned gathering in Milwaukee was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Republican National Convention unfolds Aug. 24-27.

See ARTBA’s guide to Biden’s and President Donald Trump’s views on transportation investment.

(File photo of Joe Biden.)