- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 9, 2010

As stated in your recent columns “Federal dollars for federal roads” and “Spend, spend, spend goes the folly” (Opinion, March 2), federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel should be used for federal roads and not for other things, such as local sidewalks and local transit.

Local governments do not spend the 25 percent they get from federal gas taxes wisely because they consider the money a slush fund or free handout. Local governments don’t make good decisions on free money. For example, local governments advocate slow, obtrusive, dangerous, low-capacity light-rail systems compared to fast, safe, high-capacity, elevated monorail and monobeam (cantilevered monorail) systems, which would cost about the same to build and less to operate.

Decisions should be based on cost versus performance analyses and not on arm-waving rhetoric. The rest of the world understands this - why doesn’t the United States?


Silver Spring, Md.

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