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Old 01-20-2013, 02:55 PM   #29
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I understand that, on the surface, the idea of tracking miles is a revenue replacement scheme that seems to have the added feature of being more equitable.
If one drives more, one pays more regardless of the amount of fuel they burn.
It is my belief that government simply spends too much.
Government can make a one billion dollar project cost three billion faster quicker than the blink of an eye.
How about instead of figuring out a way of collecting revenue lost by more efficient cars, we try to cut spending.
A few fewer street lights, a little less side walk, in the middle of nowhere, that no one will use. All nice items yes, but maybe we can’t, and should not, afford them.
It seems that they government views any lost revenue as monies stolen from them.
Government was never meant to be a business, continually seeking income.

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Old 01-20-2013, 03:44 PM   #30
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Virginia did something interesting on the Beltway outside D.C.. The state partnered with a private company to build new tolled (EZpass) HOV/ express lanes. They run next to the regular, free lanes, so paying is by choice only. HOV-3 gets on for free with a special permit.

The interesting part is that the traffic is guaranteed to keep at 55 minimum by dynamically raising the tolls with the volume of traffic. So during rush hour and gridlock, they will keep raising the toll until they deter enough people into the regular lanes, to keep traffic moving.

Many of you might have encountered these lanes already coming up 95 from Richmond and taking the Virginia Beltway around D.C. to I-66, I-270 and so forth. I believe they are extending these to 95 down to Dale City.

I'd think GPS raises too many spooky tracking issues. Easier to just EZPass high volume areas, giving folks a free option.

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