Meanwhile year-after-year-after-year our stalwart legislators have failed to generate adequate revenue to fund highway construction and maintenance for going on 30 years; leading to either both deferred maintenance and other funding sources, like sales taxes that are totally non-user fee based. Meanwhile “the big lie”, that drivers pay their way, get passed along by opponents of cycling.
Meanwhile meanwhile, this was a pretty good roundup of automobile costs vs. dependency:
Automobile Dependency: An Unequal Burden
Automobile-dependent planning has changed automobiles from a luxury into a necessity. Excessive vehicle costs leave many households without money to purchase essential food, shelter and healthcare. They need more affordable transportation options.