Tuesday, February 13, 2007

White House slams carpooling, new road fees better

So, now what?

We are going to have toll roads everywhere?

OK, how about a heavier tolls for heavier vehicles?

But no tolls on country roads, which are the only ones I like anyway.

The whole damn thing is stupid.

White House slams carpooling, new road fees better - Yahoo! News:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Carpooling won't do much to reduce U.S. highway congestion in urban areas, and a better solution would be to build new highways and charge drivers fees to use them, the White House said on Monday.

'It is increasingly appropriate to charge drivers for some roadway use in the same way the private market charges for other goods and services,' the White House said in its annual report on the U.S. economy.

While some urban areas have designated roads for vehicles with two or more passengers, those high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes are often underused because carpooling is becoming less popular, the administration said.

Based on the latest data supplied by the White House, only about 13 percent of motorists carpooled to work in 2000. That compared with 20 percent of daily American commuters in 1980.

'This trend makes it unlikely that initiatives focused on carpooling will make large strides in reducing vehicle use,' the White House said.

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