By Rebecca Shabad - 12/02/13 10:08 AM EST
Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Monday said Washington is “too afraid” to invest in new infrastructure.
“It’s going to be up to Congress, it’s going to be up to the administration, and the people to decide that they are sick and tired of driving on crumbling roads, bad and dangerous bridges, and riding on 50-year-old transit systems,” LaHood said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“People in Washington are afraid to make these kinds of investments,” he added.
His comments come in the wake of a fatal Metro-North train derailment on Sunday in the Bronx.
He served as Transportation secretary during President Obama’s first term. Four people died and more than 60 were injured as a result of the crash Sunday morning.
In May, a Metro-North train derailed in Connecticut after being struck by another train. More than 73 passengers were injured.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) has since urged New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority to adopt stricter safety standards. On Sunday, he said he called National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman for an expedited investigation into the latest derailment.