By: Dr. John Brown Miller Moving people, goods, and information more quickly at lower cost has been a common public purpose since George Washington left his Potomac Canal development in 1789 to become President of the United States. Our infrastructure platform allows information to flow, goods to move, and people to work. No nation has
By: Dr. John Brown Miller Joel Moser’s August 4, 2017 column “Five myths about infrastructure” was an interesting read, and I finally have time to rebut it. I know, respect, and like Mr. Moser. As with all complicated subjects, there are competing, conflicting, views. Mr. Moser’s “five myths” are actually “five truths”. I’ve relabeled and
By John Brown Miller Governments with networks of public buildings have unique opportunities to structure competition around building systems to produce both dramatic savings in life cycle cost and improvements in level of service. An example is a school system, with multiple elementary, middle and high schools. This is a network of public buildings –
Infrastructure Off-Track: the Gateway Project to New York By: Dr. John Brown Miller [Originally published by The Washington Examiner on April 8, 2018.] The federal role in financing state infrastructure remains upside down. Instead of using life cycle competition to confirm value for money, Congress remains focused on earmarking state projects in federal appropriation bills.
Infrastructure Cash Flows Offer Path to Better Service and Substantial Saving By: Dr. John Brown Miller [Originally published by TheHill on March 17, 2018.] We know what we have in our wallets, how it got there, and where it goes as it leaves. We make simple calculations to confirm that money coming in justifies expenses
Our crumbling infrastructure can be fixed if we change how we fund capital investments and maintenance. By: Dr. John Brown Miller [Originally published by Route Fifty on December 18 2017.] In the United States, we routinely separate “capital” activities from “maintenance and repair” activities. This made sense in 1916, when Congress began funding the US