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Transport Boondoggles

They’re not just for light rail and high-speed rail.

And let me put this one in a separate paragraph so you don’t miss it: building the Intercounty Connector caused the state to have to raise the gas tax. I repeat from the article: “increasing the gasoline tax.”

The Washington area is famous for extreme traffic congestion. It’s growing rapidly in population. It’s also the most affluent major metro area in the United States. Yet amazingly, people still aren’t willing to pay to use this thing.

I’m on-record as favoring roads over rail.  But that’s based on the assumption that road projects don’t start to look like rail projects in their expense and inflexibility.

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