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  • Fred M. Cain
    ... Socialist ... USA of ... streetcars, ... still be ... People! ... highways ... around ... tax ... Well, maybe not. It d make a big difference if the
    Message 1 of 2 , May 4, 2005
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      --- In carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com, "Andrew Dawson"
      <m82a1_dawson@h...> wrote:
      > You'll like this. ASD
      >
      > >From: "Dan Hammond - T2000" <t2000@h...>
      > >Reply-To: Tr2000@yahoogroups.com
      > >To: <Tr2000@yahoogroups.com>
      > >Subject: [Tr2000] USSofA Transport Policy? An Explantion for
      > >Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2005 13:17:51 -0400
      > >
      > >Is this the explanation for the transport policy of the United
      Socialist
      > >States of America? I apologize in advance to my friends in the
      USA of
      > >Republican persuasion. ;-)
      > >
      > >
      > >The following exchange was spotted on All_Aboard@yahoogroups.com
      > >
      > >Message: 6
      > > Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2005 13:46:19 -0000
      > > From: "Ed D." <ejdamato@s...>
      > >Subject: Re: FW: Learning from Europe: Liveable Cities
      > >
      > >--- In All_Aboard@yahoogroups.com, "Carleton MacDonald"
      > ><carletonm@c...> wrote:
      > > > A wonderful article. Pedestrian-friendly cities, bicycles,
      streetcars,
      > > > trains, a livable city. In many parts of America this would
      still be
      > > > greeted with "SOCIALISM!! Government on the Backs of the
      People!
      > >No one
      > > > can tell me I can't drive my Escalade to buy a dozen eggs!!"
      > > >
      > > > Until the oil running out forces it.
      > > >
      > > > Carleton
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > *New Lessons from the Old World*
      > > > *The European Model for Falling in Love with Your Hometown*
      > > > /by Jay Walljasper
      > > >
      > > > www.emagazine.com/view/?2307
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >Gee, having the government build, finance, own, and maintain
      highways
      > >and having government policies in place that require we develop
      around
      > >automobiles IS SOCIALISM.
      > >
      > >On another note: I think we need to bring back the gas guzzler
      tax
      > >and use the money for passenger rail or making cities less
      > >auto-dependent.
      > >
      > >Ed

      Well, maybe not. It'd make a big difference if the highway and
      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.

      "Conservatives" that like to have one standard for passenger
      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?

      Regards,
      Fred M. Cain
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