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Transportation Funding: Why It’s Still Toll Roads Versus Public Transit

Transportation Funding: Why It’s Still Toll Roads Versus Public Transit

EfficientGov.com
September 20, 2017
by Andrea Fox

Is fighting sprawl still a goal for those who decide the fate of transportation funding at the federal, state and local levels?

Transportation planning is deeply connected to economic development, but there in any agreement about transportation funding among government leaders often ends.

Parag Khanna, a senior public policy analyst in Singapore and author of “Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization,” summarized the political divide over transportation planning like this: “America is increasingly divided not between red states and blue states, but between connected hubs and disconnected backwaters.”

But division that stymies transportation planning goes further. Government leaders have always been divided in a third way, on what kind of transportation they want to develop. Two Maryland projects — one a recently-completed toll road and the other a new light rail line — illustrate that what transportation funding should be for is still an argument of toll roads versus public transit... FULL ARTICLE

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