NRDC Expert Blog
What's the matter with North Carolina?
I recently returned from a transportation conference in Raleigh, North Carolina on the economic benefits of building a light rail system to connect the Triangle region (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill).
It's been a while since I've ranted about a regular topic: the federal fuel tax. Time to bust out another "boost the gas tax" blog because on this day 20 years ago the gas tax rose from from 14.1 cents to 18.4 cents — and it’s stayed flat ever since then.
"The idea of pushing a ton of metal to move 200 pounds of flesh is just insanely inefficient. This doesn't even account for the energy used in maintaining the infrastructure and building the roads; It is an inherently stupid way to design a transportation system."
My friend Megan, who lives in a suburban neighborhood a few miles from my home, took a new job last year and, lo and behold, her office is right next door to mine in downtown Washington, D.C. I remarked that it seemed odd that we never bump into each other on the daily commute.
Dump the pump. Save money. Ride transit.