Statements about Transportation

Capital Metro originally said MetroRail's yearly operating costs would be "about $2.5 million. Last year ... it cost $13 million to operate."

"We’ve dedicated more money from (Washington County’s) transportation budget to bike and ped projects under my watch than at any time in the history of Washington County."

Says Sen. Thad Cochran "voted to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on ... the Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska instead of shifting the money to repair a bridge damaged by Hurricane Katrina."

The Greenlight Pinellas transportation plan involves a "300% tax increase."

Says Dan Patrick "supported giving a $5,000 taxpayer-funded voucher to every family to buy a car."  

"If you rent a U-Haul to move your company, it costs twice as much to go from San Francisco to Austin than the other way around, because you can’t find enough trucks to flee the Golden State."

When it comes to transportation funds, Georgians spend more in taxes and on red tape than they get back from the federal government.

"A majority of drunk driving deaths and injuries are caused by drunk driving offenders with no prior convictions."

"Over 3 million Americans are employed in the growing green-collar workforce," which is more than the number "of people working in the fossil fuel industry."  

Texas added 6,600 miles of highway from 2001-2012, more than any other state.

"The amount of attention paid this week to Chris Christie makes the coverage of Benghazi ... pale in significance."  

"The fact that one town has three lanes dedicated to it, that kind of gets me sauced."

Gov. Scott Walker bought "80 new, brand-new vehicles" for the state that "we probably don’t need."

"We pay among the highest tolls in the nation for the privilege of crossing that bridge."

A planning group said that to meet anticipated traffic demands by 2035, Interstate 35 between Austin and Round Rock will need a dozen additional lanes going north and 14 additional southbound lanes.

Says "between 6 and 20 bicycles can be parked in the space required by one car."

"Thanks to (Rick) Perry's bad budgeting, the (Texas) highway department has to convert some modern paved state roads back to gravel."

"More than 400 car crashes occur each year on the current, congested Columbia River Bridge."

Because of Gov. Scott Walker’s budgeting, a greater percentage of general fund tax dollars is "going to pay off debt than ever before in our history."

"Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa already have 70 mph" speed limits on rural interstates, and "we see that they’ve been able to do it safely."

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