Let transit users foot the bill for it, not motorists [Letter]

In response to your recent editorial support for increased gasoline taxes, I have no doubt that some sort of funding increase is warranted for our transportation infrastructure.

However, it would surely be nice (and transparent) if the billions of dollars paid by the motoring public via the gas tax were spent only on highways and related infrastructure. Funding for transit should be collected from its users, not the motoring public ("The toll on U.S. roads," May 13).

Users of transit pay only a small fraction of its construction and operating costs. Fares cover only a small fraction of transit costs. The majority and remainder comes from gasoline tax revenues and other general tax revenues as a huge subsidy. Common-sense budgeting just may help Congress restore to itself some sense of credibility.

Lori Watchinsky

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