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10919Re: [carfree_cities] Re: Exodus - was: Latest from Jim Kunstler

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  • J.H. Crawford
    Jun 5, 2008
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      Hi 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>carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com, "Jet Graphics"
      ><Jetgraphics@...> wrote:
      >> --- In <mailto:carfree_cities%40yahoogroups.com>carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com, "chbuckeye" <coleridge3150@>
      >> wrote:
      >> >
      >> > 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.

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