Infrastructure Needs and Fairness

Ron Dombrowski July 16, 2017

I am old enough to remember when a vacation trip in the car was punctuated by "Highway Ends 1 Mile" signs, followed by a stretch of two lane highway. By the time I graduated from college, this part of taking a road trip had been eliminated, but now we have to realize that a lot of this highway infrastructure is getting pretty old and needs some serious work.

Expressway Ends

Funding for infrastructure has been a history of ignoring problems until something bad happens. I was living in New York when the Mianus River bridge on I-95 in Greenwich, CT collapsed in 1983. It was amazing how fast bad bridges all over Connecticut got fixed. Sad to say, but killing a few people usually results in some action.

The question, as always, is how to pay for this work. No one likes bad roads but no one likes to pay to make them better.

This brings up my question of the day: How do we get everyone to pay for good roads? A few years ago, this was not an issue. Everyone paid a motor fuel tax. But what about today? That shiny new Tesla never pulls up to the pump.

A while back the idea of a mileage tax was floated in Illinois. Many people were outraged that they would have to pay by the mile and many did not like the idea that the government was going to monitor their vehicle usage.

To me, it seems that the questions were phrased wrong. Instead of "would you prefer to pay by the mile or pay by the gallon", maybe the question should have been "do you know that electric cars pay no fuel tax, but you do".

If the people driving gas and diesel vehicles were then asked how to solve this problem, I suspect that most of them would come to the conclusion that the time to pay by the gallon has passed and something else is needed. And once this discussion has started, they might also realize that more money is needed to keep the roads in good shape.

Transportation is essential to modern life and we need to be adults and figure out a solution to fix our transportation problems.

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