Gov. Dukakis (now a distinguished professor of political science at Northeastern Unversity) regularly speaks and writes on what he calls a steel interstate. He sees terrific economic benefits.
Immediately, he says upgrading and augmenting our rail system locally and intercity would be a great jobs move at a time we need that the most. He speaks to the environmental sanity as well as the economic development that would accommodate this.
Moreover, he is deeply troubled that as a nation we have long lost our ability to build and sell the engines and cars in use throughtout the world. He laments being unable to find a single American vendor when he was pricing rail equipment. In that vein, he's trying to work with the current governor of Michigan (Jennifer Granholm) to convert unused and underused auto facilities to this purpose.
For manufacturing as well as infrastructure expansion, he says he has no doubt we have the capacity. “The question is, do we have the will?”