8441Transport Policy? An Explanation for
- May 4, 2005Fred M. Cain wrote:
>Well, maybe not. It'd make a big difference if the highway andOne thing about having tolls on Interstates is that they are just trunk
>airport modes would just be made to pay their full share. One
>thing, I believe, that could be done would to convert the Interstate
>Highway System along with all other major superhighways to "pay-as-
>you-go" tollways. 100% of the maintenance costs would be required
>to come directly from tolls. This would then in turn permit the
>complete elimination of the federal fuel tax.
>Once this system's in place, the tollways could then be sold to the
>private sector. Then, the tolls would not only be required for
>maintenance, but for property taxes and shareholder distributions.
roads. There are a lot feeder roads that wouldn't be tolled. It's like with
railways mainlines are profitable but branches aren't always. It's also rare
to see roads get abandoned.
>"Conservatives" that like to have one standard for passengerThe accounting gets confusing. Wendell Cox always complained about the cost
>train "profitability" and another for highways don't like such a
>suggestion. Nor should they be expected to. If motorists were ever
>forced to pay the *TRUE* cost of driving, say, from Cleveland to
>Chicago, guess what? The comparative cost of a passenger train
>ticket would look pretty darn good, wouldn't it?
of a new rider for a transit system, but he never complained about the cost
of a new driver or the loss of a passenger.
Then again Cox and numbers mix like crude oil and salt water.
Till later, Andrew Dawson
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