Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Less Driving...Again

VMT has dropped again. Looks like we need more roads.
"The decline means Americans are consuming less fuel and emitting less CO2 (tailpipe emissions), which is a positive development," Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said in an interview with Reuters. "But it is a challenge to how we fund transportation today."
Hmmm...

4 comments:

arcady said...

And what this statement really shows is where the DOT's priorities are. Their goal is not to provide transportation, it is to spend money on building roads, which is a much more concrete and bureaucratically tractable problem. And the states whom they give their money to are very complicit in that sort of thinking: get as much federal road funds as possible, and never mind if the road is actually needed or not.

Pantograph Trolleypole said...

It's unfortunate since we have so many pressing projects for cyclists, pedestrians and of course transit.

Steven said...

I'm surprised you don't mention the $30M in grants DOT is handing out. A paltry sum to be sure, but it beats what's been getting handed out lately and with the Senate's passage of the big rail package last night, hopefully it's a sign of things to come. McCain voted against the package, BTW. Surprised? ;)

Pantograph Trolleypole said...

I'm not surprised at all. :)