President Trump's plan to improve infrastructure could mean selling off airports and roads, including some in our area.
Baltimore Washington Parkway was mentioned specifically in the plan. If the federal government sells the road to the state or a private entity, there could be toll booths popping up right on Russell Street.
The plan is vastly unpopular with Democrats, like Mark Warner, who said on Twitter that selling off property like the BW Parkway, Dulles Airport, and Reagan National will not improve our infrastructure, it will only mean higher costs for the traveling public.
Just like the rest of the President’s budget request, the Administration does nothing to describe how it would pay for its own transportation proposal.
— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) February 12, 2018
In the President's infrastructure plan released on Monday, it compares roads and airport assets to the nation's electricity needs, which are met by private companies. The plan says sub-optimal decisions are made on these assets because they are run by the government, creating a risk for taxpayers.
This isn't the first time a president thought to sell off assets, former President Barack Obama considered selling the Tennessee Valley Authority, the largest public-owned power company.
Some lawmakers say this plan has no chance of approval.