... Not many roads in Austin are federal highways. We get some state and highway money for I35, 183, and other highways and their interchanges. But the vastMessage 1 of 33 , Dec 3 12:05 PMView Source"paulparma" <info@v...> wrote:
> Exactly what are the amounts and items subsidized.Not many roads in Austin are federal highways. We get some state and
> Acording to the Department of Xportation, most
> federal Highway money comes from gas taxes, the
> rest, a much lesser amount, coming from income
highway money for I35, 183, and other highways and their
interchanges. But the vast majority of our roads are maintained by
the city, which issues bonds and pays them off from general revenues,
i.e., property tax and the 1% of sales tax it gets. In addition to
road maintenance itself, there are two other areas of significant
public expense due to automobile travel. (1) Police efforts dedicated
to enforcing traffic laws. This, again, is paid from general city
revenues. (2) Emergency response and area hospital costs incurred
from automobile accidents. Some of this is city paid, but there are
other revenue streams also.
It's important to focus on city roads rather than highways, for
several reasons. Cities are really the hub of transportation issues.
They are where the cost shifting is greatest. And it is far more
reasonable to get some cities to try out alternatives than to shift
federal policy. Unfortunately, you can't change cities without
changing state policies. For a city to implement some of the
transportation ideas frequently discussed, it MUST control its
boundary and the regional roads through it. Unless the state gives a
city this kind of control, you see the kind of growth pattern visible
in some towns in Arkansas, that are ten miles long and three blocks
wide, stretched out along the state or federal highway.
... Should we be targeting the transportation departments as well as , maybe even preceding lobbying the legislators? These guys are are the ones underMessage 33 of 33 , Dec 11 4:41 PMView Source--- In email@example.com, "J.H. Crawford" <mailbox@c...>
> I see a window of opportunity here. The next year or two are goingShould we be targeting the transportation departments as well as ,
> to be years of budget crises in the USA, especially at the state
> level. ....................
> Are we ready? Can we organize to take adantage of this opportunity?
> Can we start a massive program of writing to legislators and news
> media? Can anyone take responsibilty for coming up with the best
> numbers we've got and working them into some generalized press
> releases? Can others tailor these for local environments and get
> them into the right hands? Lots of work, but some real chance of
> a payback.
maybe even preceding lobbying the legislators? These guys are are the
ones under presure; there's all that federal money, waiting to be
matched, because we are still driving and paying those federal gas tax
dollars, so the federal pile keeps getting bigger, and unused. Won't
the state folks know that as the DIRECT gas taxes go up, the gas usage
goes down. Which I think, if this is in fact so, can be properly
countered with, sure, now you'll have all the money you need to do
what ever people want to pay for.... so trtansit, and most central,
dense building and rebuilding, wil get a fare shake.
To me this is the thing we have to discuss, besides the numbers, and
were it comes from now stuff; that is we need to diccuss what we think
the very astute sense of the xportation administrators to know that if
they raise the gas taxes, revinue, especially in a recovered economy
will be down from what it could be in the current methodology. I
think that the game has in fact changed in that toll roads are now
the previlent building mode.... discussion by more informed