Talk to political wonks, and the one piece of President-elect Donald Trump's plans that generates wide, bipartisan curiosity, even support is his bold ideas about renewing the nation's infrastructure - which means roads, airports, bridges, schools, even ultra fast broadband.
On his website, Trump proclaimed he wants to "[p]ursue an 'America's Infrastructure First' policy that supports investments in transportation, clean water, a modern and reliable electricity grid, telecommunications, security infrastructure and other pressing domestic infrastructure needs."
Trump added that he would "[i]mplement a bold, visionary plan for a cost-effective system of roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, railroads, ports and waterways, and pipelines in the proud tradition of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who championed the interstate highway system."
Fact: the nation's infrastructure, especially in the northeast and Rust Belt, is a crumbling patchwork of projects dating back 50 to 100 years. To pick just one metric: 34.5% of bridges in New Jersey are inadequate; many are unsafe. Rhode Island is worse - 56% of bridges are deficient. And bridges aren't in much worse shape than roads or airports or courthouses.
Fact: China, increasingly the U.S.'s chief rival, is deep into an infrastructure build-out that involves billions of dollars.
Trump has not put a firm number on his infrastructure plan - but $0.5 trillion over ten years gets tossed around. That kind of money excites both public works experts and some investors.
And maybe the biggest news is that, unlike some Trump proposals such as repealing the estate tax and deporting millions of undocumented immigrants, support for new infrastructure so far crosses party lines. "This is an area where President elect Trump can generate bipartisan support and get early successes in his term," said Henry Cisneros, now a partner in investment bank Siebert Cisneros Shank and formerly Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton Administration.