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The Gas Tax is Too Damn Low

The price of gasoline in the Twin Cities is very low right now, averaging $2.22 a gallon across the metro. Cheap gas is a short-term benefit to people who drive cars, but is horrible for just about everyone in the long term. Cheap gas incentivizes people to drive more miles, make more solo trips instead […]

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Chart of the Day: Road Funding by Source

Via the Strong Towns Podcast, here’s a chart from a report called “Who Pays for Roads?” by a public policy think tank called The Frontier Group. Note that this shows all levels of government: Here’s what the report says about the chart: By the early 2010s, road user fees accounted for less than half of current highway […]

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A Twin Cities Paving Moratorium

Last Wednesday (February 4)  I attended a public presentation by Ramsey County engineers for a proposed redesign of the Randolph and Lexington Avenue intersection. They are proposing to spend a million and a half dollars to purchase four properties on the northeast corner of the intersection and bulldoze them to make space for a dedicated […]

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Chart of the Day: Gas Tax vs. Transit Fare Increases over Time

Another one from the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, comparing increases in the gas tax and transit fares for Metro Transit from 1988, the last time the gas tax was increased prior to 2000. It’s technically an “infographic”, I supose:  

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Chart of the Day: Comparing National Gas Taxes

Here’s a chart that’s been making the rounds on Twitter.  Compared to almost any other industrialized country, the US doesn’t tax gasoline. With prices at near historic lows, it’s a good time to think more carefully about that.  

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Chart of the Day: Road Funding Sources at Different Governmental Scales

This chart is taken out of this amazing new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, called Intergovernmental Challenges in Surface Transportation Funding. The report covers the challenges that are facing governments around road and transit construction and maintenance, paying especial attention to the shifting relationships between Federal, state and local funding streams. For example, here are funding source […]

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