Monday, December 22, 2008

U.S. - Support Oberstar's efforts right now


Rep. James Oberstar, a Minnesota Democrat who is chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is proposing a shift toward more spending on transit projects...

Environmental advocates have long fought to boost mass transit's share, emphasizing the need to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, decrease congestion and reduce U.S. dependence on imported oil. Highway advocates argue gas-tax revenue should mostly be spent on road projects. Wall Street Journal via Streetsblog

Here are a couple questions for the "highway advocates". What if spending $x on mass transit reduces the need for road maintenance by more than $x? Also, only about 60% of road costs are covered by fuel tax, what about the hidden costs of the auto-highway-sprawl-fossil fuel system? take action click: Transportation for America