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Why Drivers Should Fund Rail

Revenues from road users ought not be committed primarily to roads.
transportation DC Metro Silver Line
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By Peter Norton

When you can finally ride the D.C. Metro’s Silver Line to Washington Dulles Airport, you’ll have car drivers to thank.  They helped finance it.  To get to the electrified and less car-dependent future that the climate emergency demands of us, we need revenues from road users to generate more transport choices, not more roads.  Yet 20th-century legacies and distracting technology hype lie in the way.  Metro’s example is both an inspiration and a warning.

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