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  • Obama seeks private dollars to repair public infrastructure

    07/18/2014 5:40:52 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    Pioneer Press(NY Times) ^ | 7-17-14 | Michael D. Shear
    WASHINGTON -- How can a president fix more roads and bridges without any new money to spend? President Barack Obama's answer Thursday was to announce new initiatives to encourage private-sector investment in the nation's infrastructure, including the creation of a "one-stop shop" at the Department of Transportation to forge partnerships between state and local governments, and public and private developers and investors. Stymied by Republican lawmakers who refuse to go along with Obama's call for vast new spending on the nation's infrastructure, the president is spending the week trying to demonstrate that he can still find ways to stop big...
  • Who'll Build the Roads?

    07/16/2014 4:14:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | John Stossel
    "Tea party members don't think there's a federal role in transportation!" complained Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, last week, near the site of a $5.8 million highway project. If only most tea party members were that radical. While Brown and other big-government folks worry that Republicans will cut spending, Republicans debate adding another $10.5 billion to the Highway Trust Fund to keep it going another year -- without deciding how to reform it. Now, there's no doubt some roads and bridges need work. But too little transportation money spent by government goes to building and repairing roads. As Cato Institute transportation...
  • JOSEPH GIGLIO: Let the Highway Trust Fund crumble

    07/14/2014 11:46:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Quincy Patriot Ledger ^ | July 12, 2014 | Joseph Giglio
    The federal Highway Trust Fund, which provides transportation funding to the states, is projected to run dry in August. But with a technology-driven revolution underway in the way Americans use surface transportation, applying yesterday’s solution and simply replenishing the fund won’t solve the problem. According to the Obama administration, if the fund is exhausted, states will be forced to put off 112,000 highway construction and 5,600 transit projects, resulting in the loss of 700,000 jobs. When dealing with the government, there are always plenty of zeroes to go around. The traditional source of revenue for the trust fund is the...
  • Bloomberg: Colorado Gun Recall Towns So Rural, They Don’t Have Roads

    07/12/2014 7:05:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 61 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | July 10, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    In what may come as a surprise to residents of Colorado Springs and Pueblo, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t think those cities have roads. Bloomberg told Rolling Stone that he was “sorry” about the recalls of two state senators last year over the Democratic state legislature’s gun-control laws, but added that their districts were so “rural” that, “I don’t think there’s roads.” “In Colorado, we got a law passed. The NRA went after two or three state senators in a part of Colorado where I don’t think there’s roads,” said Bloomberg in the interview published online Wednesday....
  • Five Reasons Not to Raise the Gas Tax

    07/05/2014 8:12:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 3, 2014 | Randal O'Toole
    The federal Highway Trust Fund is running out of money, and some senators have proposed to fix the problem by raising gas taxes. This, however, is the wrong solution because it treats the symptom, and not the underlying reason for the shortfall. Here are five reasons for not increasing gas taxes. 1. The problem is not a shortage of funds but an excess of spending. For more than 50 years after Congress created the Highway Trust Fund in 1956 it was able to avoid a shortage of funds by a simple measure: it didn't spend more than was collected in...
  • Transportation crisis looms, Obama officials warn

    07/01/2014 10:46:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 1, 2014 1:36 PM EDT | Joan Lowy
    The Obama administration warns that gridlock in Washington will lead to gridlock across the country if lawmakers can’t quickly agree on how to pay for highway and transit programs. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Tuesday that states will begin to feel the pain of cutbacks in highway and transit aid as soon as the first week in August—peak summer driving time. That’s because the balance in the federal Highway Trust Fund is dropping and will soon go below $4 billion. …
  • O’Toole: Why is Congress still running the transportation system?

    06/28/2014 9:12:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Greeley Tribune ^ | June 27, 2014 | Randal O'Toole
    Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has proposed a three-month transportation bill. Three more months, he says, will give Congress a chance to figure out a long-term solution. The only problem is that Congress had three months three months ago and did nothing. Meanwhile, Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., have proposed to increase gas taxes by 12 cents a gallon. Considering that the gas tax hasn’t been increased in more than 20 inflation-filled years, this would seem to make sense.It doesn’t, however, because a gas tax increase assumes there is a shortage of funds for transportation. Instead, the real...
  • Low-Hanging Fruit Can Help Fund Roads

    06/23/2014 6:07:22 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/20/2014 | Michael LaFaive
    An old saying goes, "Those who love sausage or legislation should never watch either being made." The road funding debate now underway in the state Capitol is a prime example, with multiple proposals swirling around Lansing. Currently, rather than trim some fat from Michigan's $52 billion budget and reallocate the money to road repairs, Republicans in the state Senate have suggested reaching more deeply into taxpayer pockets for an additional $1.5 billion. But how to get that done? Knowing the difficulty of passing a massive tax increase in an election year, Senate Democrats have suggested that their votes are available....
  • US Gasoline Tax Increase Urged by Bipartisan Pair of Senators

    06/18/2014 5:08:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Two U.S. senators on Wednesday proposed raising federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes by 12 cents a gallon [3.2 cents a liter] over the next two years to keep a road and bridge fund from going broke. The gasoline tax now stands at 18.4 cents a gallon, and the diesel tax at 24.4 cents a gallon. The politically sensitive levies have not been increased since 1993. The senators' plan faces an uphill fight this year, with congressional elections coming in November. Senators Bob Corker, a Republican, and Chris Murphy, a Democrat, called for the tax increase, with the new revenue...
  • Rethinking Federal Highway and Transit Funding

    05/20/2014 10:06:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Cato Institute ^ | May 6, 2014 | Chris Edwards
    Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to testify today regarding the federal role in highway and transit funding.Federal policymakers are considering ways to close the large funding gap in the Highway Trust Fund. One option would be to reduce spending and downsize the federal role in transportation. That approach would encourage state governments to pursue their own innovative solutions for highways and transit, such as new types of user charges, public-private partnerships, and privatization.Federal aid programs for highways and transit have many shortcomings. Aid redistributes transportation funds between the states in ways that are...
  • ONCE AGAIN… Obama Dusts Off His “Crumbling Roads & Bridges” Speech in NY Today

    05/14/2014 10:24:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/14/14 | Jim Hoft
    In November 2008 after the presidential election Barack Obama promised to fix America’s “crumbling roads and bridges” with his trillion dollar Keynesian stimulus plan. It never happened.
  • ENDLESS ELECTRICITY: Here's A Way Of Turning America's Roads Into Gigantic Solar Panels

    05/14/2014 7:13:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/14/2014 | ROB WILE
    Solar RoadwaysJulie and Scott Brusaw. There are about 31,251 square miles of roads, parking lots, driveways, playgrounds, bike paths, and sidewalks in the lower 48 states. If Julie and Scott Brusaw have their way, they will all someday be replaced with solar panels.For the better part of a decade, the Idaho couple has been working on prototyping an industrial-strength panel that could withstand the weight of even the largest trucks. They now appear to have cracked the formula, developing a specially textured glass coating for the panels that can not only bear tremendous loads but also support standard tire traction. By their...
  • Highway Trust Fund: Not Just For Highways, Out Of Money So Not A Fund, And Can't Be Trusted

    05/01/2014 3:00:19 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4-30-14 | Jerry Bowyer
    It has become a congressional slush fund, in which almost half the money is ladled out through the corrupt system of congressional earmarks. The next time you drive on a highway which is named after a politician, think corruption. Time to shut it down. The proceeds of the tax should be automatically remitted to state governments, or better yet, regional planning agencies. And regulatory barriers to privatization strategies should be repealed. We’re broke. We can no longer afford to be stupid.
  • Advanced Concrete Means Little Maintenance For A Century

    04/26/2014 9:53:08 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 58 replies
    Txchnologist ^ | 4-16-14 | Michael Keller
    new water-repellant concrete impregnated with tiny superstrong fibers promises to leave roads and bridges free of major cracks for up to 120 years. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee civil engineers have developed a concrete mix that is durable and superhydrophobic. They call it Superhydrophobic Engineered Cementitious Composite (SECC). Preventing normally porous concrete from absorbing water means that liquid can’t get inside, freeze and cause it to crack. The concrete’s unusual characteristics, including being significantly more ductile than traditional concrete, means that cracks that do form do not propagate and cause failure. “Our architecture allows the material to withstand four times the compression...
  • Is the Highway Trust Fund About to Hit a Dead End?

    04/22/2014 2:42:16 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 21 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-18-14 | Steven Johnson
    The Department of Transportation (DOT) released a report this past Tuesday showing that the Highway Trust Fund will run out of money by this August. The fund is the primary way by which the government maintains our roads and highways. While the fund received a $9.7 billion dollar infusion from the General Fund just after the start of this fiscal year, the fund’s outlays continue to outpace receipts and it will soon be in the red. To be sure, part of the reason for this is that transportation infrastructure costs are on the rise. As the highways built in the...
  • State’s transportation budget is headed the wrong way(MN)

    04/12/2014 7:50:18 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    Quad Community Press ^ | 4-8-14 | Roger Chamberlain
    During the last twenty years, roads and bridges have taken a back seat to commuter and light rail projects. This was never clearer than in a 2010 report by the Metropolitan Council titled, “Regional 2030 Transportation Policy Plan,” which virtually gives up on constructing any new vehicle lanes in the seven-county metropolitan area. Instead, the plan places heavy emphasis on rail projects. The population of the metropolitan area is about 3.3 million. Minneapolis and Saint Paul are only about 20 percent of that. In other words, most people live and work outside of the two cities. So why is there...
  • Boxer: ‘Absolutely No Way We’re Going to Cut Spending’

    03/03/2014 10:16:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 3, 2014 - 11:23 AM | Eric Scheiner
    While discussing federal spending and transportation funding, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said “there is absolutely no way we’re going to cut spending.” Boxer was discussing the Highway Trust Fund with members of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in Washington on Feb. 26th, when she addressed various tax increases that may be used to raise money for the program. “I don’t see support for raising the gas tax and there is absolutely no way we’re going to cut spending, so it’s going to have to be a creative way to fund this in reality,” Boxer said....
  • House OKs measure redirecting millions from cigarette tax revenue to water projects, roads

    03/03/2014 8:31:06 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Republic ^ | February 28, 2014 | John Miller (Associated Press)
    BOISE, Idaho — Millions in tax revenue from Idaho's cigarette sales is closer to flowing toward the state's scarred-up highway asphalt and its drought-depleted aquifers. The House voted 63-4 on Friday to redirect cash from the state's 56 cent-per-pack tax — it has totaled about $35 million to $40 million annually — that's currently being used to retire bonds for the $130 million Idaho Capitol renovation, as well as funding cancer programs, state buildings and juvenile probation. With the Capitol bonds nearly paid off, there's been a scramble this session for the money that's no longer needed.
  • This pothole could cost you $500

    02/26/2014 4:46:00 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-26-14 | John Brewer
    Jonathan Kealing was on his way to the dog groomer Sunday morning when his car hit a line of potholes on eastbound Minnesota 62 in Minneapolis. "We hit some normal potholes, then it got so intense. We slammed into this chasm in the Earth," Kealing said. It wasn't until a stop later in the morning that he saw just how intense: The rim was no longer round, but flat, and the tire couldn't hold air. After getting a $500 repair bill from the auto shop, Kealing took to Twitter to alert the Minnesota Department of Transportation to the situation. "Dear...
  • A Colossal Bridge Will Rise Across the Hudson

    01/21/2014 1:34:24 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 42 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/19/14 | JOSEPH BERGER
    David Capobianco was a toddler in 1964 when the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge slowly soared over his neighborhood of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and tethered it to Staten Island. As he grew up, the improbable notion of assembling something so big and of such gossamer design propelled him to become a civil engineer. Now after years of public argument and indecision, the first new colossal steel bridge in the New York area since the Verrazano is finally beginning to rise over one of the most spacious stretches of the Hudson River, a replacement for the decaying Tappan Zee, the longest bridge in the...
  • Most Feared City in Nebraska

    01/16/2014 11:17:44 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | December 22, 2013 | donze52
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-v1Ta_il94&feature=youtu.be
  • The World's 12 Most Dangerous Roads

    10/04/2013 9:57:25 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 47 replies
    The Active Times ^ | Oct 01, 2013 @ 2:32 PM | Peter Koch
    The World's 12 Most Dangerous Roads Adventure is around literally every corner when you take these wild rides... In some cases, though, it's more that just topography that makes a road dangerous. Some pass through war-torn countries, others are plagued by bandits and still more of our favorite adventure destinations are just too far North, where the roads are a frozen mess three-quarters of the year and a muddy quagmire the for the rest. The controlled environments of our vehicles—especially when contrasted against the unforgiving environments of the great outdoors—all too often give us a false sense of security....
  • Legislator: Speed Traps 'A Tax on the Poor'

    09/16/2013 12:27:04 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 48 replies
    CapCon ^ | 9/12/2013 | Anne Schieber
    Michigan State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, wants to end what he calls "a tax on the poor," by eliminating speed limits that are not set scientifically. Sen. Jones and Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, are working on a package of bills that would eliminate loopholes in existing legislation that require state government entities to set speed limits based on traffic studies. "Never let politicians set speed limits," Sen. Jones said, adding that he said he has heard numerous complaints since the first law defining speed limit setting in Michigan, PA 85 went into effect in 2006. The Michigan Municipal League...
  • California highways among worst in the nation

    07/02/2013 6:41:55 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 30 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 7/2/2013 | Gary Richards
    California's highways continue to rank among the worst in the nation -- a sorry distinction the state has held for more than a decade. The Golden State's highway system is ranked 47th among the 50 states in overall highway performance and efficiency in the latest annual highway report by the Reason Foundation. That is a slight improvement for California, which ranked 48th in the two previous studies and has ranked in the bottom 10 every year since 2000. Only Alaska, Rhode Island and Hawaii have worse roads, while North Dakota, Kansas and Wyoming have the best and most cost-effective highways....
  • Cost of Michigan film subsidy program would repair over 5 million potholes

    06/18/2013 5:10:01 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/15/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    The Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature has passed a budget allocating $50 million for the state's film subsidy program. Previously, the budget from House Republicans proposed eliminating the program, while Gov. Rick Snyder, who has said he is philosophically opposed to the program, asked for $25 million. But the GOP and Democratic leadership in the Michigan Senate wanted a minimum of $50 million annually. Meanwhile, Michiganders are being told by the governor, legislators and outside groups that the state needs to devote more money to fixing the roads. That is true, but before legislators impose a tax increase on residents they should...
  • Complete Streets Program: Good Law or Bureaucratic Overreach?

    06/07/2013 10:34:44 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/5/2013 | Jack Spencer
    Gov. Rick Snyder recently fulfilled an obligation of his office by naming members of something called the "Complete Streets Advisory Council." This government board exists as a result of Public Acts 134 and 135 of 2010, which were signed into law by former Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Aug.1, 2010. The law mandates that those who design (or redesign) roads and transportation systems take more than just automobile traffic into account when they draw up their plans. It is to make sure pedestrians, bicyclists, etc. aren't forgotten by the designers and, if appropriate, are accommodated. Here's how the "Complete Streets" concept...
  • Pay to Fix America’s Crumbling Infrastructure Now, or Pay More Later (BARF!)

    05/25/2013 4:12:57 PM PDT · by GodAndCountryFirst · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | May 25, 2013 | David Cay Johnston
    We all drive on bridges, overpasses, and viaducts that we assume must be safe because, surely, somebody inspected them and determined that they are safe. We pay taxes so somebody makes sure the bridges and roads are safe, right? That trust is badly misplaced. For decades, we have been using up our infrastructure faster than we have been replacing it. Every day, cars and trucks carrying more than 200 million people cross over bridges in urban areas that remain in use even though they have exceeded their design life or are in such serious need of major repairs that engineers...
  • Some Hope Gas Tax Will Fund Bridge Repair, Construction

    05/11/2013 7:38:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Southern Maryland Online ^ | May 11, 2013 | Amber Larkins
    ANNAPOLIS -- Republican Sen. Richard Colburn of Dorchester voted against Maryland’s recently passed gas tax increase, but now hopes some of the new money will go to replacing the Dover Bridge in his district. The new taxes, initially expected to raise prices at the pump by 4 cents a gallon this July, might help to expand funding for the rehabilitation and replacement of Maryland’s deteriorating bridges. As of April, 87 of the 2,572 Maryland State Highway Administration maintained bridges were structurally deficient, which doesn’t mean they are unsafe, but that they have areas that need to be repaired or replaced,...
  • Balance Increased Road Spending with Cuts

    03/11/2013 2:43:09 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/9/2013 | Michael LaFaive
    The Michigan Senate recently tabled a proposal by Gov. Rick Snyder to raise the state gas tax and vehicle registration fees. Republican lawmakers have reportedly countered with a tax increase proposal of their own. Both sides are right to propose more road spending. State legislators, however, should ensure that any increase in transportation taxes is offset by cuts in taxes and spending elsewhere. The governor's proposal is a mixed bag. To his credit, he is making Michigan’s roads a legislative priority, and he is tying new monies to gas taxes and registration fees — items akin to user fees for...
  • Bill To Tap Trust Fund Could Free Up Dollars For Roads

    02/25/2013 1:38:43 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/20/2013 | Jack Spencer
    A search for existing dollars that could be used for road funding might include the Natural Resources Trust Fund. House Bill 4106 would amend the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to allow interest from the NRTF to be used for dredging. Gov. Rick Snyder is asking for $11.2 million to dredge harbors on the Great Lakes. If the legislation was enacted and used to fulfill this request, it would free up general fund dollars for other uses — including transportation spending. "Let's free up this money," said Rep. Bob Genetski, R-Saugatuck, the sponsor of the bill. "We need to...
  • Highways and Roads in a Free Society

    02/06/2013 2:00:16 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    BC Politics (Blog Critics) ^ | February 2, 2013 | Kenn Jacobine
    As a libertarian, I believe that you have a right to live your life as you see fit as long as you don’t violate somebody else’s right to do the same. Libertarianism represents the only non-coercive political/economic philosophy in the universe. All other such philosophies: democracy, republicanism, monarchy, dictatorship, socialism, and communism employ the brute force (violence) of government to enforce compliance of one group’s wishes on another group. Many Americans believe that libertarianism is an unworkable framework because without government to provide and enforce laws, society would be in chaos. Additionally, opponents of greater freedom question how the services...
  • ICC users rack up unpaid tolls

    11/20/2012 1:06:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 19, 2012 | Katherine Shaver
    Nearly one in three motorists who use the Intercounty Connector without an E-ZPass transponder don’t pay the toll later, making Maryland’s newest and most expensive highway home to a toll violation rate four times higher than the state average. Individual motorists racked up as much as $1,418 each in unpaid tolls after driving on the ICC, or Route 200, as many as 430 times during the first six months of this year. A rental car company owed $4,263 in ICC toll debt, while a construction company accrued $2,241 for 65 unpaid trips during that time. The new 18.8-mile highway between...
  • US Bridges, Roads Being Built By Chinese Firms(Video-ABC News

    09/08/2012 11:01:08 AM PDT · by Randy Larsen · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | unkown | Diane Sawyer
    This video will help you decide on election day! MUST SEE! Video link in comments...
  • Obama: ‘Roads and bridges’ plan will grow the economy

    08/01/2012 10:18:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 8/1/12 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama explained to a group of supporters in Ohio this afternoon that more government investments in infrastructure would help the economy grow again. Pointing out that if government continued to invest in roads and bridges, it would put more money in people’s pockets to spend. “That’s how we grow our economy.” Obama said, “If we’re investing in roads and bridges, putting some hard hats back to work, getting our steel workers back to work, they got some more money to spend, maybe they buy a new computer, maybe they decide to take a little vacation.”
  • Obama’s America — and ours

    07/25/2012 11:10:43 AM PDT · by duckln · 1 replies
    Human Events ^ | 7/24/12 | Pat Buchanan
    From Jamestown in 1607 to Yorktown in 1781, there was no federal government. There was no United States. Yet generations of colonists had built forts, cleared lands, created farms, established workshops. Americans fed, clothed and housed themselves, creating one of the highest standards of living on earth for 3 million people. How could the U.S. government have built the roads and bridges if the U.S. government did not exist before 1789? There were no public schools until the 19th century. Colleges were the creations of religious denominations. The Pell grant had not yet been invented.
  • Voters to decide on taxes, transportation projects

    07/17/2012 7:02:19 AM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 2 replies
    The (Dalton, Georgia) Daily Citizen ^ | July 15, 2012 | Charles Oliver
    When area voters go to the polls on July 31, they’ll decide whether to impose a 10-year, 1 percent transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) on themselves. This tax is authorized by the Transportation Investment Act (TIA), and unlike other SPLOSTs, this tax won’t be collected just within a single county and it won’t be administered by county commissioners or other local officials. If approved, it will be collected within a region and administered by the Georgia Department of Transportation to fund projects across that region. Whitfield and Murray counties are part of the 15-county Northwest Georgia region....
  • Bird nests delay work on county emergency routes

    06/17/2012 10:07:03 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Republic ^ | June 16, 2012 | The Associated Press
    JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Road work on two emergency routes in central North Dakota is being delayed because of possible bird nesting, a county commissioner says. Officials want to raise the roadbed of the former Highway 10 in western Stutsman County because the road has been repeatedly flooded. Its dirt roadbed is now surrounded by water.
  • Accident-Zone: Poorer Neighborhoods Have Less-Safe Road Designs (Give me a BARF...)

    05/03/2012 11:50:50 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 41 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 5/3/12 | Sarah Fecht
    Traffic injuries are four to six times higher in low-income areas of Montreal, compared with wealthy neighborhoods. Researchers find that better road designs could reduce those disparities Approximately 40,000 people will die on U.S. roads this year, and thousands more will be injured. A disproportionate number of those traffic injuries will befall people from lower-income communities. According to new research, pedestrians in the poorest neighborhoods of Montreal were six times more likely to suffer traffic injuries than pedestrians in the wealthiest neighborhoods. Bicyclists and motorists in poorer neighborhoods were also at greater risk; they were four times more likely to...
  • Maryland special session goals conflict

    04/26/2012 7:20:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 25, 2012 | David Hill
    With the Maryland General Assembly looking toward two possible special sessions this year, some lawmakers are calling for an expanded agenda to address long-term transportation funding. Gov. Martin O'Malley and House leaders have made clear that they want to devote a May special session exclusively to passing new revenue and income-tax increases to supplement a $35.4-billion budget that currently includes more than $500 million in cuts because of the assembly’s failure to pass a revenue package during the regular session. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, said Tuesday that is his only priority for a May special session. Other proposals would have...
  • O'Malley may try for sales tax increase to fund roads, transit

    04/05/2012 5:08:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | April 3, 2012 | Michael Dresser and Annie Linskey
    Gov. Martin O'Malley says he still hopes to convince the legislature to raise money for highway and transit projects — possibly by adding another penny to Maryland's six-percent sales tax and dedicating the extra revenue to transportation. In an interview with The Baltimore Sun, O'Malley conceded that his initial proposal to apply the sales tax to gasoline is dead in the General Assembly. But he said an alternative would be a delayed implementation of that proposal, with the sales tax not being applied until gas prices fell to a certain level. A second option, he said, would be to raise...
  • Why higher gas taxes are the right medicine for Maryland (BARF)

    02/18/2012 1:44:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post (BARF) ^ | February 17, 2012 | Douglas M. Duncan
    For years, we’ve been hearing from experts across the political spectrum about the need to invest more in our failing transportation infrastructure in Maryland. The D.C. region is at the top of the list of the most-congested cities in America, and Baltimore is not far behind. Almost half of Maryland’s roads and bridges are in poor or mediocre condition, and 55 percent of our urban highways are heavily congested. Maryland’s construction industry and its thousands of workers have been decimated by years of severe cuts in transportation investment. Despite what is clearly a growing need, Maryland’s transportation program is a...
  • U.S. Bridges, Roads Being Built by Chinese Firms

    01/17/2012 1:09:14 PM PST · by Sprite518 · 26 replies · 3+ views
    Cities hire Chinese instead of American workers for building projects.
  • Motorists Paying for Bike Paths, Museums

    12/29/2011 9:13:04 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/29/2011 | Russ Harding
    Where I live outside of Lansing, there are new bike paths sporting shiny asphalt, but the roads are crumbling. Motorists might be surprised to learn that of the 18.4 cents per gallon of federal gas tax they pay at the pump, only about 11 cents goes to maintain highways and bridges. According to federal law, about 10 percent of federal highway funds must be used for projects such as highway beautification and transportation museums. According to a new National Center for Policy Analysis report, “Paying for Pet Projects at the Pump,” the Federal Highway Administration also allocates gas tax revenues...
  • Why we should consider a per-mile road tax

    12/08/2011 8:01:15 AM PST · by redreno · 115 replies
    CNN ^ | 7:52 AM EST, Thu December 8, 2011 | By Michael D. Meyer, Special to CNN
    (CNN) -- Based on recent history and what's likely to happen to the nation's infrastructure, it's an inescapable conclusion: We will need new and different sources of funding if we are to have the type of transportation system that is needed to support economic prosperity. For the past 75 years, the U.S. road network has provided the foundation for much of the nation's economic development. This network has not come without a cost; estimates are that the replacement value of the nation's roads is $1.3 trillion.
  • China builds its African empire while the 'anti-colonialist' Left looks the other way

    11/30/2011 10:45:48 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 20 replies
    Telegraph ^ | November 25th, 2011 | Damian Thompson
    Imagine what would happen if America barged its way into a developing country, buttered up its homicidal dictator and agreed a back-of-the-envelope deal in which he signed over his nation’s mineral wealth in return for roads, railways and sports stadiums. Everyone would benefit, no? No. The problem is that the infrastructure turns out to be worth a hell of a lot less than the minerals. Fortunately, Washington has had the foresight to top up the dictator’s Swiss bank account. Problem solved! As for the mining operation, the Americans really don’t want to be bothered by minimum wages or trade unions....
  • The T Spot: Pansi with e-toll robbery (#OWS-style rant against tolls in South Africa)

    11/15/2011 12:37:55 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The New Age ^ | November 14, 2011 | Tselane Tambo
    HAIBO man, I mean really, it’s not fair. It’s not right. Haibo, angeke! (Hell no!) The thing is that we only earn so much money, and in my sector that isn’t very much at all, and we give so much of it to the tax man and the electricity man and the gas man and the pool man and the hair man and the mani-pedi man and the restaurant man and the education man and the church man and I can go on into a lot of et cetera. From whence comes this e-toll man, now? There is not space...
  • Senate GOP blocks Obama infrastructure plan ($60B-yay)

    11/03/2011 4:00:24 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 11 replies
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | 11-3-11 | Andrew Taylor
    Republicans in the Senate Thursday dealt President Barack Obama the third in a string of defeats on his stimulus-style jobs agenda, blocking a $60 billion measure for building and repairing infrastructure like roads and rail lines. *snip* But Republicans unanimously opposed it for its tax surcharge on the wealthy and spending totals they said were too high. The 51-49 vote fell well short of the 60 votes required ...
  • In Maryland, panel seeks 60% more in gas tax

    10/26/2011 7:50:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 25, 2011 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland commission recommended Tuesday that the state raise its gas tax by more than 60 percent over the next three years, but members acknowledged that taxpayers facing a dire economy could find the increase hard to swallow. The proposed hike, approved by the state-appointed Blue Ribbon Commission on Maryland Transportation Funding, would raise the gas tax on wholesalers by 5 cents a year for three years, from the current rate of 23.5 cents per gallon. The move could generate nearly $500 million in annual revenue and is part of $870 million in annual tax-and-fee increases recommended by...
  • Maryland commission set to recommend gas-tax hike

    10/12/2011 8:09:35 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 11, 2011 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland commission will likely recommend that the General Assembly gradually increase the state’s gas tax to help pay for transportation projects and road maintenance, its chairman said Tuesday. Members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Maryland Transportation Funding tentatively agreed on a plan that would generate more than $800 million in annual transportation revenue by raising the state’s 23.5-cents-a-gallon gas tax and hiking several vehicle and transit fees. More than half the revenue would come from raising the gas tax by 5 cents for three consecutive years, bringing it to 38.5 cents a gallon. That rate would...
  • Frankly, Scott has a better idea on highway funding

    09/29/2011 1:01:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    nj.com (Star-Ledger) ^ | September 29, 2011 | Paul Mulshine
    The other day our sister newspaper, the Gloucester County Times, reported on a raid at a fraternity house at Rowan University where — get ready for a shock — some college kids were drinking. About 100 of the kids were underage and will face charges. Believe it or not, that incident has its roots in the same problem that led to the controversy over the so-called "Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska. That problem lies in the way the federal government distributes highway funding: poorly. It’s obvious in the case of the bridge that would have connected the city of Ketchikan,...