President Trump's infrastructure plans call for the use of private investment to help fix the country's infrastructure and this could prove to be a fruitful endeavor. Joseph L. Schofer, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northwestern University, uses private investment in Chicago's infrastructure to show the benefits of private investment but emphasizes the price that comes with this form of infrastructure investment.
Schofer explains that repayment is an obligation and it will come from the general public:
Infrastructure privatization will make the price to use public infrastructure more palpable, and not deferrable. Under an aggressive privatization scheme, expect some tolled facilities to cost more, and some now-free facilities to be free no longer. Someone has to pay, and it is going to be us, and we'll pay entities that have no compunction about charging us more.