Thursday, May 7, 2009

Informative series

The Association of Oregon Counties and the League of Oregon Cities have prepared a series of informative fact sheets on road funding. Here's an OAC chart on the cost of a ton of asphalt that bears careful pondering -- keep in mind that we're now on the peak oil downslope (meaning that, while there will be a lot of price volatility, the overall trend for asphalt costs -- like all oil-derived products -- is going to keep climbing sharply).

We've stretched auto dependency to the point that it's going to snap and hurt us badly--everything we do to try to prop up the road system is going to take more and more money, meaning people are going to limit driving and spending even more.

Wouldn't it be nice if the Willamette Valley had the same level of streetcar service today as it had in 1909?

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