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(CityLab)   The US highway trust fund is out of money. Enjoy your summer road trip   (citylab.com) divider line 24
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2014-07-04 11:06:25 AM  
4 votes:
It doesn't take a roads scholar to understand the benefits of prioritizing transportation investment.
2014-07-04 09:20:40 AM  
3 votes:
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.
2014-07-04 09:00:30 AM  
3 votes:
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.
2014-07-04 11:37:01 AM  
2 votes:

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.


Funny thing is that 'patriots' like this live in areas that absolutely rely on a functioning highway system.  How much mass transit is available in Bumfark, Arizona?  I'm all for eliminating every penny of federal highway money.  In a few years, after the asphalt has disintegrated and the bridges collapsed, the 'patriots' will be isolated out in the middle of nowhere and the rest of us may finally get some peace and quiet.
2014-07-04 11:16:06 AM  
2 votes:
Toll roads would fix this!  Privatize the roads!  No more taxes!  Taxes bad!  Tolls good because reasons!  I'll carry my guns through the toll booth!  'Murica!
2014-07-04 11:15:47 AM  
2 votes:
This is just another example of lazy children not earning their keep and of an inept educational system. They can fundraise, they can harvest materials, they can do maintenance, but do they? Noo-oooo. "Look at me I'm little Bobby, I'm 7 and I don't do jack sht." Bastards.
2014-07-04 10:58:28 AM  
2 votes:
Maybe spend the money on fixing the roads rather than lining your cronies pockets. Then it may not be a problem.  Ever think of that?
2014-07-04 10:11:08 AM  
2 votes:

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
2014-07-04 09:11:32 AM  
2 votes:
The last time I was in Jamaica, the locals just repair some of the roads themselves, and then ask passing cars for donations.

How bootstrappy is that ?

Get ready, USA, your infrastructure will soon be of the same quality as developing Caribbean nations,

/if it isn't already.
2014-07-04 02:14:29 PM  
1 votes:

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.


Which brings me to my next point.  What is it with dystopian futures and assless chaps?  Is there some tactical, survival benefit to wearing tight fitting leather everywhere but one's ass, or is it merely a statement that people would flock to assless chaps if only society had not crumbled?  And if THAT is the case, the case being that assless chaps is an inherent, inflexible human desire corralled only by conformity to social expectation, why do we not just agree that we all would be happier if we just wore assless chaps and be done with such Victorian thinking?

Or... is that the message?  The true cause of the fall of society is some sort of Assless Chaps Event Horizon?
2014-07-04 01:30:23 PM  
1 votes:

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.


So, let me see if I understand. They came on a bike lane project, and they put a bike lane in. And the fact they didn't do something they weren't supposed to do is upsetting you?

Wow. That's a special kind of stupid right there.
2014-07-04 01:11:20 PM  
1 votes:
We could just cut the funding for Sesame Street and we're back online, no problem.
2014-07-04 12:41:14 PM  
1 votes:
With true unemployment as high as it is and our infrastructure crumbling like it is, I have never understood why we never implemented an FDR like public works program.  Spur the economy at the consumer level and improve infrastructure at the same time.  Having the fed buy bonds in order to keep treasury yields artificially low isn't the only tool available to them, but its the easiest and apparently the only one they want to use.  I guess they have bigger concerns, like ensuring the conversion of the United States into Northern Mexico goes smoothly.
2014-07-04 11:55:43 AM  
1 votes:

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.


Why do you hate freedom so much you farking commie!?!

/I actually like your idea
2014-07-04 11:37:35 AM  
1 votes:
On the plus side, states can lower their drinking age down to 18 and say, "What withheld funds? There are no farking funds left!'
2014-07-04 11:35:28 AM  
1 votes:
We had the Trillion dollar Spendulous bill that was full of "shovel ready" jobs to fix roads, bridges, etc. but the money went to the unions instead.

That, and if you'd quit spending motor fuel tax money on rail and bike trail projects that serve and extreme minority of people, you'd probably have money to fix the roads.  When I fuel my car I am not really expecting my money to go fun Amtrak.
2014-07-04 11:16:12 AM  
1 votes:

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


Here in Austin they even figured out that the toll roads have to go somewhere people actually want to go.
2014-07-04 11:13:00 AM  
1 votes:

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?


Enough to pay for several annual "fact-finding missions" to whatever vacation spot is the most trendy at any given time.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-07-04 11:12:52 AM  
1 votes:
Imagine states paying for their own infrastructure. It would be like living in the 20th Century.

Imagine if the federal government threatened to take highway funds away from states with a drinking age of 18... and the states said "what highway funds?" instead of "yes sir!"
2014-07-04 11:11:48 AM  
1 votes:
Are you sure?  They just spent a lot of time and money tearing up sidewalks and buying new WiFi enabled buses for my city with highway funds.  Seems odd to me that they'd spend hundreds of thousands of dollars tearing up sidewalks that were in good shape if they were running low on cash.
2014-07-04 11:07:05 AM  
1 votes:

BalugaJoe: The roads must roll.


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2014-07-04 11:02:58 AM  
1 votes:
Quick, let's piss away a couple trillion dollars blowing up a random nation on the other side of the planet!
2014-07-04 11:01:46 AM  
1 votes:

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.


To be fair Blue state drivers shouldn't be on the road . They're not the best you know .
2014-07-04 09:25:50 AM  
1 votes:
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.
 
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