Private Roads, Rising Tolls, E-Z Pass and FasTrak -- It's a Waste of Money for an Asphalt Society We Need to Abandon ASAP
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Increases in fuel taxes, increases in toll fees. Private-public boondoggles building unprofitable highways. Driving activities as electronically tracked financial transactions. The future trend becomes clear for the fossil-fuel economy, which is crashing and burning in slow motion.
The new century's new normal demands much less transportation, and its lethal pollution, at the risk of economic and civic exhaustion. Expansions like Rick Scott's so-called Heartland Parkway make about as much sense -- or is that cents? -- as the unprofitable bankruptcy of the South Bay Expressway. Instead of squeezing blood and revenue from asphalt and concrete toll roads, and the suburban sprawl they encourage, American cities need to retrench and increase public transportation alternatives like high-speed rail and walkable communities. That way, its citizens can work and play without wasting their increasingly expensive lives on roads to nowhere.