When politicians argue for bike taxes or call transit a bad investment because it doesn't pay for itself, the implicit assumption is that these modes are somehow different than roads, which purported "pay for themselves." They couldn't be more wrong.
The report, which examined the turn-of-the-century expansion of I-25 known as T-REX, says that these managed lanes would expand the capacity of the corridor for everyone while providing a "congestion-free" option for drivers and better transit for people who don't drive — without a widening that would be financially and physically impossible.
Mayor Michael Hancock finalized his preferences for what he wants to see funded by a bond initiative heading to voters in November, and a lot of good walking, biking, and transit projects made the cut. So did $101 million for long-neglected road maintenance — about 24 percent of all transportation funding on the list.
Mayor Michael Hancock announced a $2 billion-plus "mobility action plan" today aimed at creating a transportation system in which 30 percent of all commuters walk, bike, or take transit by 2030, and no more than 50 percent drive alone. Carpoolers and people who work from home would fill the remaining gap.
While public awareness of New York's high transit construction costs has been growing in fits and starts, action to address the problem has been lacking. And that won't change until there are clear consequences for the people in charge.