10919Re: [carfree_cities] Re: Exodus - was: Latest from Jim Kunstler
- Jun 5, 2008Hi All,
The discussion of toll roads, paying for repairs, and
other "auto-trivia" really does not belong on this list.
Yours in moderation,
At 2008-06-05 08:34, you wrote:
>--- In <mailto:carfree_cities%40yahoogroups.com>firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jet Graphics"----- ### -----
>> --- In <mailto:carfree_cities%40yahoogroups.com>email@example.com, "chbuckeye" <coleridge3150@>
>> > I suspect that privatization will be
>> > the order of the day.
>> JG: Though I agree that partisan politics have no place in design and
>> maintenance of transportation, I would not be happy with any private
>> monopoly on roads or other means of transportation.
>> Perhaps a compromise would be in order.
>> A public corporation / authority, or a cooperative ownership of
>> transportation assets may be more palatable.
>I don't favor privatization either. But the existing car-based
>transportation system in the US is unsustainable. I think toll roads
>operated and maintained by private toll-road operators with long-term
>leases from the government is the current trend.
>As I understand it, this is how that currently works. The lessee/toll
>road operator has to maintain the roadway to a certain standard set by
>the government, and a government oversight committee usually has some
>say in toll rates, but the lessee gets a monopoly on the route and can
>keep the profits. Sort of like a utility, only the government
>ultimately owns the land and can revoke the lease if the private
>company isn't following all the terms of the lease. The leases are
>generally 25 years or more.
>As states look for ways to pay for highway maintenance, I think there
>will be pressure to allow more interstates that are not currently toll
>roads to become toll roads. No one really wants to do it, but we've
>dug a hole and have few options. I don't think the US is ready to
>abandon too many roadways.
J.H. Crawford Carfree Cities
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