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U.S. drivers are underpaying local, state and national governments by $40 to $105 billion a year.

Original post made by Mike, College Terrace, on Oct 2, 2007

This has implications for our region. Looks like the auto lobby has managed to ride free on our backs. Infill housing and mass transity will go a long way toward solving this odious imbalance.

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Posted by John
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 3, 2007 at 11:34 am


The benefits of roads to society at large are enormous. To put the entire burden of construction and maintenance on the automobile driver would not be fair. The gas tax is, essentially, a users tax. If you don't drive, you don't pay. However, you still do you think those groceries get to your local market?

If the entire spectrum of road values were to be considered, it would probably be true that automobile drivers are being taken advantage of. I do believe they should pay their own way, but they are, likely, paying more than their fair share.

There is no imbalance in favor of cars, Mike, odious or not.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 3, 2007 at 1:31 pm

I'll give everyone else a chance first.
Wanna guess what I will say?

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Posted by Informed
a resident of Southgate
on Oct 3, 2007 at 4:23 pm

The conclusions of this study are not news. Other studies have looked at the situation and come to the same conclusion. Here is one from 1995: Web Link

There are many consequences of car use that are paid for by society as a whole, and many benefits reaped by the society as a whole. The net balance, all things considered, is that car drivers are heavily subsidized.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 4, 2007 at 3:15 am

No law prohibits the construction of a transit ony community. Build one and see what you can sell units for.

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Posted by RS
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 4, 2007 at 9:34 am

All that economic activity that vehicles enable gets taxed.
I think this study fails to consider that.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 5, 2007 at 12:10 am

Well, some good points here. I've learned something.

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