A consumer group that favors increased funding for mass transit thinks it knows how a lot of households spent the economic-stimulus checks being mailed out by the federal government: putting higher-priced gasoline in their cars. -seattlepi.com
Meanwhile the public and other businesses absorb the costs of autosprawl, while the carbon-auto industry profits:
We need to STOP the autosprawl subsidies. Join your local transit advocacy group.
The Puget Sound region is one of the most congested areas in the country and the economic, environmental and social costs of congestion are great. Traffic congestion costs the Puget Sound Region $844 million annually, or $465 per person each year in wasted time and fuel.
Traffic congestion is not just a Puget Sound problem. Congestion costs the Portland-Vancouver area $757 million per year, 62 million gallons of excess fuel, and an average of 24 hours per person a year. Even in a small urban area like Spokane, congestion cost businesses and individuals approximately $30 million a year, 2 million gallons in excess fuel, and an average of five hours per person a year. WashPirg