Monday, June 16, 2008

Road-pricing hook baited with transit funds

The U.S. carbon-auto industry, through it's puppets in federal government, is tying transit funding to road-pricing. The taxpayer will pay for toll-booths, and then the roads will be sold to private companies who will then ration access to highways and special "lexus" lanes.

Folks, congestion is NOT the problem. It is a symptom of the problem. The problem is that taxpayers have paid trillions to support the unsustainable auto-and-sprawl system. Much private profit has been made and now the bill is coming due. The system is literally falling down.

Some smart California politicians are not taking the bait SGVTribune:

WEST COVINA - ....Congressional members, state, and local leaders expressed serious doubts about the toll plan, which they said would allow wealthy commuters to use the lanes at the expense of the working poor.

....The project proposed by MTA would convert existing HOV lanes on the 10 and 210 freeways into toll lanes that would charge drivers for using them.

....If the plan is approved, MTA would receive $214 million in federal money, which it could use to spend on additional bus and van service to use the lanes....