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Letter: Transit is worthy of subsidy

Re “DOT isn’t quite as poor as it makes out” (Sunday Monitor Forum, Jan. 12):

Dick Lemieux suggests that car drivers currently pay their full share of the infrastructure for roads. This is simply absurd. Building and expanding highways and roads would not be possible without significant government subsidy. It is estimated that each car on the road has 3.5 to eight parking spaces built and available for it. Who pays the cost of building this storage? Cities and developers pay the costs, which are then passed on to all taxpayers via property taxes and clever tax-increment finance district subsidies.

We continue to fight wars for our fuel (subsidy via military spending) and are now sacrificing the environment to drill, frack and tar-sand our way to more energy. Individuals and our kids futures pay these costs. When will drivers, to quote Lemieux, “be made to pay the full cost of their personal transportation?” Transit is worthy of subsidy.

Lemieux has made it very clear he favors auto transportation. As he is a retired highway engineer, I do not expect him to see beyond this. Unfortunately, he also advises the city as chairman of the Transportation Policy Advisory Committee. Our leaders would do well to balance this influence and perspective.

ROBERT T. BAKER

Concord

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