North Texas (DFW and surrounding counties) is considering raising the gas-tax by 10 cents per gallon to pay for road improvements and rail construction (story here). This price hike would barely affect me. As you know, I’m an avid hypermiler (see cleanmpg.com for more info). I get 135% of the EPA rating in my SUV, and over 150% of the EPA rating in my Accord. Ovbiously I don’t expect everyone to drive like me, but if they did it would save gasoline and pollution, not to mention save them money.

Some people oppose this type of tax because they say that they don’t use rail. I’m wondering if people would use rail if it was available as an alternative. I sure would. I would LOVE to get on a train, sit, and read on the way in to the metroplex. It would save me stress and money, not to mention give me more time.

Those who oppose this complain that they would be giving up independence. I don’t think so, since there are city bus services that go virtually unused right now.

While I’m generally opposed to raising taxes, I would barely notice an increase of this amount. In this case, I think the good outweighs the bad. If I could tack on an idea, it would be to create certain roads that 18wheelers had to use, so that they didn’t tear up the rest of the roads.

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