Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pay-Per-Mile Tax

New York City. Washington D.C. Chicago. And other large cities... what do they have in common? Infrastructure. Metros, sidewalks, functioning bus systems. Public transportation. But large cities with this type of infrastructure are a very small percentage of the area in the United States.

Living in a city  is usually much more expensive than living in the suburbs. And most small cities, such as where I am from have little functioning public transportation. There are no trains. The busses within the city of Little Rock don't have the best hours or routes compared to larger cities. And city to city transportation is almost impossible within any reason. (A three hour drive turns into about 24 hours of busses.) On top of the poor routes, they aren't usually economical.

I had to commute about 32 miles each way, five days a week for wok during the summer. I couldn't afford to live in the city. I couldn't take a bus from my town into the city. And today I read that the U.S. government is considering, once again, telling Americans how to spend their money. Without public transportation, most Americans have no choice but to drive in order to even go to work. The government wants to charge a per-mile tax.

Not only will that affect everyone who has to drive, personally, it is going to mean higher prices pretty much everywhere else. As gas prices went up, so did the price of products at the grocery store. And of course, most of that is transported over the highway systems. That cost will be passed on.

It seems to me like "toll roads," as annoying as they are would be a better idea. At least each driver could choose whether it was worth the fee or not.

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