Orange County's toll roads: Blueprint for Trump infrastructure plan?


President-elect Donald Trump’s camp says it can help rebuild the nation’s infrastructure – as well as create jobs with a revitalized construction industry – by using public-private partnership’s to build new projects.

Details are sketchy on Trump’s proposal that could employ tax benefits and special financing arrangements to induce investors, construction companies and governments to build. And Congress will certainly have its own ideas on the matter.

Orange County needs no introduction to this notion.

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We’ve got three toll roads – 91 Express Lanes, the 133/241/261 Foothill/Eastern and the 73 San Joaquin – that seem to fit the rough concept loosely discussed by Trump and some of his inner circle. All three local tolls roads were debt-financed projects in which public transportation options were…


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