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09-04-2012, 06:52 PM #14Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. Mark Twain
09-06-2012, 01:08 PM #15
09-06-2012, 01:12 PM #16
Back on the topic...how is a toll road going to solve anything? Wouldn't it require, based on past gov experience, a branch to inspect the toll roads, ensure the rates are fair, verify proper taxes are collected? Doesn't seem like a good proposition to me. We, in my state, already pay 46 cents a gallon for taxes that are supposed to maintain our roads. Is this not a "use and pay" system already?"Fortunately, I keep my feathers numbered for just such an emergency." Foghorn Leghorn
09-08-2012, 06:20 AM #17
Another toll road going up in Texas. It will run from Austin to San Antonio. The speed limit will be 85MPH. They are building toll roads like crazy in Texas. They are all over the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. What happened to the good old days when roads were free? Our tax rates are higher than ever now.
09-08-2012, 06:21 AM #18
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09-09-2012, 08:51 AM #20
In response to REO's post about toll roads exploding here.
A toll road that I use all the time, the Sam Rayburn Tollway(a democrat politician for those that don't know TX history), and the George Bush Turnpike both have all kinds of irrigated landscaping along them. The latest projection for the 2013 Sam Rayburn landscaping was 5 MILLION! Rather than have all kinds of continuing costs, I think it would be more prudent to have bermuda grass and retire the debt. Now we will have a perennial need for water and landscaping maintenance. They also have full decal wraps on the maintenance trucks. WTF??? WHY??? Also instead of using pickups to pull the small tandem trailers that haul mowing equipment, they use class 8 tandem axle dump trucks.
I have no problem paying something to have the ability to get to my destination faster but have a huge problem using toll money to perpetuate wasteful spending. No politician, regardless of their stripe can seem to resist feeding at the trough of public largess.
Toll roads might be fine if you don't have far to drive but try living in areas where it is 50 miles across town, or areas of wide open space like west TX, WY, MT, NV...any western state....and no I don't want to live in the urban jungle where some gang-banger has the chance to car jack me and I don't feel safe walking down the sidewalk at night.Avatar is a tribute to my Great Grandfather, Andrew Stewart. This pin was one of his advertisements for his heating and plumbing business. I never knew him but must of inherited his love of things mechanical since I am the only blue collar worker in the family