Mr. Coffee Nerves: And when the next bridge collapses the same Congresspeople who voted against investing in infrastructure in the name of pandering to a guy wearing 58-inch-waist pantaloons and piloting a SSI-paid Hoverrround festooned with Gadsden flags will hold endless press conferences and vigils demanding "something be done"...before voting "no" on the next highway funding bill.If the Interstate Highway System didn't exist and were proposed today the bill wouldn't make it out of a House Subcommittee.
Dinki: Simple solution- pull the DOT money from every project in all the Red states. They don't need that Federal government interfering in their lives anyway.
FourDirections: Look, it was only a matter of time before Road Warrior became reality, this just bumped it forward by a few years. I recommend a very fast motorcycle, armbands that shoot tiny arrows, and assless chaps.
ski9600: The bastards just came through here with a bike lane project. First they came and fixed up only the right 5 feet of the road, then they painted lines, and now it's done.Now I get to drive on the shiatty side of the road that they didn't bother to fix while they were here working.
RareChimer: Change gas taxes. Make them dependent on mileage traveled and on vehicle weight. Make fines on odometer tampering and weight fraud massive. Increase as necessary to keep the trust funded 100%. Watch people start demanding more transit and sustainable commute options. Then, slow road construction, focus on repairs and enhancements, and call it a win.Just as with parking, Americans have lived too long with heavily subsidized driving expenses and have literally built their living environment around it. Well, such subsidies aren't fiscally let alone ecologically sustainable.Don't bail out the trust fund. Make those who damage the roads pay for it.Oh, the per-gallon tax should stay as well. This would become a sin tax that gives intrinsic incentive to buy more fuel efficient vehicles. The funds from this tax should go to facilitating sustainable walkabity improvements, bicycle improvements, and the expansion of transit.
Peter von Nostrand: Dinki: Simple solution- pull the DOT money from every project in all the Red states. They don't need that Federal government interfering in their lives anyway.Texas has you beat already. We're just using toll roads so bootstrappy rich people won't be inconvenienced when going to protest taxes
dwrash: The federal government serving as middle man for state highway projects (except for the interstate system) never made sense to me. I wonder how much the feds skim off the top?
BalugaJoe: The roads must roll.
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