Re: We're All for Mass Transit -- in Theory
- Is there anyone out there who'd like to debunk the myth that mass transit sends taxes
through the roof, but 14-lane freeways just come out of thin air and cost no money? This
seems to be the popular perception.
We drive in California, preferably alone. That's what you and I do. And if
we liked taxes, we wouldn't have voted for the current governor, who
expressed his feelings about a car tax increase by dropping a wrecking ball
on an automobile.
>Is there anyone out there who'd like to debunk the myth that mass transitAs always, start with VTPI in Victoria for this kind of data.
>through the roof, but 14-lane freeways just come out of thin air and cost no
>seems to be the popular perception.
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J.H. Crawford Carfree Cities
- Matt Hohmeister wrote:
> Is there anyone out there who'd like to debunk the myth that mass transit sends taxesHey, I'm working on it! Get people to read http://www.newcolonist.com
> through the roof, but 14-lane freeways just come out of thin air and cost no money? This
> seems to be the popular perception.
and http://www.living-room.org (particularly the former) where I hammer
on this theme repeatedly.
I also like to point out that freeways take land *off* the tax rolls,
and so cause a double loss, apart from their construction and operating
costs. And that they lower property values near them (thus reducing
county income), whereas transit stations (at least rail transit
stations) *increase* commerce & property values, and so increase tax
rolls (or, if you're Republican, allow you to lower tax rates everywhere).
You could also write a letter to the editor every chance you get--as
long as your rant refers to a recent article that touches on the
subject. They often do print them.
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