Weekend links: Not that easy being green
Photo by Steve and Sara on Flickr.
VMT tax programs run out of fuel:
Even in environmentally conscious places as Oregon and the Netherlands, taxing by mileage is politically impossible
even though current US gas and car taxes come nowhere near covering the cost of roads. (NYT)
States want mega-highway locals oppose:
The I-5 bridge between Portland, OR, and Vancouver, WA, needs renovation. Both states' highway departments want a $3.2-billion mega-bridge that many local residents strongly oppose
Vote for a Farragut transfer name:
Metro has selected 5 names
for the out-of-system transfer between the Farraguts: "Free Transfer," "Surface Transfer," "Farragut Connect," "Farragut Exchange" and "Farragut Crossing". Vote for your favorite
Zipcar loses street parking:
DC has finished auctioning off street spaces to car sharing companies. Zipcar will lose 80% of its existing street spaces
, many of which will likely be replaced on nearby private property. (TBD)
Gentrification is nothing new:
An old waterfront industrial area in DC sees new apartments and office buildings replace industrial uses. Sound like the Navy Yard? It's actually Foggy Bottom in the years following WWII
Buy America, hurt America:
Protectionist "Buy America" provisions raise the cost of Amtrak locomotives by 30%
. Does protecting a few domestic jobs from competition outweigh the public interest in buying more infrastructure? (Think Progress)
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