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Study: Highways Don’t Pay for Themselves

Architecture News - Jul 10, 2008 - 14:02   6780 views

As debate over the merit of congestion pricing rages on throughout LA County, a new reportby the Texas Department of Transportation, hardly a hotbed of anti-carradicalism, throws cold water on one of the leading arguments againstroad pricing: that the roads where Metro wishes to place variable tollsare already paid for by gas taxes. While the specific numbers would doubtless be different because Texas has a different gas taxthan California and a different amount of traffic density; the studyshows such a wide disparity in the funds generated by a road projectincreased fees and the cost of a project that it`s hard to imagine anyroad project producing the funds to justify the cost of building it.