By Randy Neufeld
When you’re constantly shelling out for gas taxes, title transfers, registration fees, license fees, tolls, and city stickers, it’s hard not to think that you, literally, own the road.
A new report by the environmental group U.S. PIRG, “Who Pays for Roads?,” tells a very different story. The reality is we’re driving ourselves towards bankruptcy. Gas taxes and other fees cover less than half of road maintenance and construction costs. The rest is covered by general taxpayers at all levels of government, so people walking, biking and and riding transit are paying more than their fair share.
Of course it's important to keep in mind few people use only one mode of transportation. Many Chicagoland residents drive, walk, bike and ride the bus. Just...