Trucking industry seeking more Christmas presents
A quick guest blog from Fritz Plous:
Check out the op-ed in "The Hill" of December 23: Don’t double dip in drivers’ pockets to pay for roads
The truckers always hated tolls and delayed the Interstate bill of 1954 because it specified tolls as the revenue source for the new highways. We ended up getting a motor-fuel tax instead, but because the gas tax has never covered the feds' full share of the cost of building and maintaining these highways Congress has bailed out the Interstates since 1960 with transfers from the General Fund (i.e., a subsidy).
Since 2008 alone highway subsidies from the General Fund have totaled $62 million.
Yet whenever transit or passenger trains need a subsidy the highway gangsters act is if trains are giant welfare queens while highways earn their own way. That will happen only when they're converted to toll funding, which is why the truckers insist it must never happen.
Any informed rail advocate will be able to spot the whoppers in this little special pleading from a special interest. I would point them out myself but I'm too busy wrapping presents. Some of them are very expensive, but nothing like the present the U.S. taxpayer gives to the trucking industry every day. When you're using the highways at less than cost, every day is Christmas.
March 24, 2018
8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Save the Date! Maggiano's Little Italy Chicago 111 W. Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60654
November 03, 2018 to November 11, 2018
The best way to see how fast, frequent and dependable trains transform communities is to ride them and see the cities they serve.
Over the years, members of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association have traveled to see high-speed rail and transit systems in Europe and Asia. Each of the trips has been insightful and motivating. We have also made important business connections along the way.
Hopefully, you can join us on the next tour: Italy in November of 2018. The main tour begins in Rome on November 3 and ends in Rome on November 11. Rick Harnish will be your tour leader.