Saturday, July 26, 2008

Paying for Roads

Gas taxes pay only a small fraction of the cost of roads, at least in Texas. And that's according to the Texas highway department. The rest comes from general revenue.

Here in Portland, every time the state or city decides to spend a few thousand dollars on improvements for bikes, the righty car owners whine and complain that bikes aren't paying their fair share of the roadway. It looks like, in fact, they aren't either -- or rather, that we all are.

1 comment:

charlesH said...

I'm in favor of toll roads where ever possible. Make the real users pay for the road. Adjust toll rates to control congestion.

Anytime something is free it is going to be overused.