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Opening Arguments

Head 'em up, move 'em out

So, they want to extort a fee from us for getting around the way we want to so they can use the money to force us to get around the way we don't want to:

MUNSTER, Ind. - A mass transportation organization wants Indiana residents to pay a "green" fee of $10 on each car and truck on the road to help promote mass transit options.

The Indiana Transportation Association's 2009 legislative agenda calls for a $10 environmental registration fee per vehicle. The group also wants an increase in the amount of sales tax currently dedicated to mass transit.

The fee could raise an estimated $52 million for mass transit across the state, ITA Executive Director Kent McDaniel told The Times of Munster.

"Transportation problems don't end at the city limits," McDaniel said.

That comment sort of tells us where they're coming from. They don't care that much how we get around in town (though I'm sure they'd be happy to see every car in the country scrapped). They mostly want to keep us off the highways between Fort Wayne and Indy and Gary and South Bend and Evansville and anywhere else. Maybe our current awareness that fuel is a finite commodity will last, but I doubt it. We're too intent on individual pursuits here for mass transit -- having to do our business by somebody's else's schedule -- has never caught on here and never will.


Bob G.
Sat, 11/29/2008 - 11:47am

And across the USA, much of the mass transit (inter-urban lines) that HAD caught on are long gone.

Time to bring it all back...at someone's expense.