A RATIONAL APPROACH TO HIGHWAY FINANCE

THE PRODUCTION-POSSIBILITY ASPECT OF HIGHWAY PLANNING HAS BEEN NEGLECTED TO A CONSIDERABLE DEGREE IN THE PAST AND, EVEN TODAY, IS NOT RECEIVING THE CONSIDERATION IT DESERVES. TRUE, A GREAT DEAL OF ATTENTION IS BEING GIVEN TO LAND USE AND IMPACT STUDIES BUT SUCH STUDIES CONTINUE TO TREAT THE PROBLEMS OF HIGHWAYS, ROADS, AND STREETS IN ISOLATION FROM THE TOTAL TRANSPORTATION PICTURE. FURTHER, A STRONG UNDERLYING MOTIVE IN THE PROMOTION OF SUCH STUDIES IS PERPETUATION OF THE CASE FOR NONUSER CHARGES. THE BROADER ECONOMIC BASE NOW BEING UTILIZED IN CONJUNCTION WITH HIGHWAY PLANNING IS COMMENDABLE, BUT IT IS NOT ENOUGH. ONLY STUDIES BROAD ENOUGH IN SCOPE AND INTENSITY TO INCLUDE THE PATTERN OF TOTAL TRANSPORT UTILIZATION WILL SUFFICE. IF WE LOOK AT HIGHWAY TRANSPORTATION AS TRANSPORTATION AND NOT AS AN EVENER OF THE BUSINESS CYCLE OR AS A MEANS OF ACCOMPLISHING CERTAIN LAND USE OR SOCIAL REFORMS, THE ONLY VALID APPROACH TO ALL MODES OF TRANSPORT. NO OTHER WOULD BE CONSISTENT OR ECONOMIC. IF WE CAN NOT HAVE CONSISTENCY, THEN SIMPLE JUSTICE REQUIRES THAT ALL MODES OF TRANSPORT BE GIVEN COMPARABLE TREATMENT, WITH NONUSERS MAKING PAYMENTS THROUGH THE TAX STRUCTURE FOR THE EXTERNAL ECONOMICS AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO GENERAL WELLBEING PROVIDED BY THE TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES. PREFERABLY, THE PAYMENT WOULD BE A DIRECT SUBSIDY. THIS FORM OF SUBSIDY IS AWARDED WITH FULL COGNIZANCE OF ITS EXISTENCE AND COST, AND THE RECIPIENT MUST OPENLY ACKNOWLEDGE IT. A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY MAY PROVIDE LARGESS AS IT SEES FIT BUT IT SHOULD BE AWAKE THAT IT IS DOING SO. /AUTHOR/

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 42, No 1, PP 130-134
  • Authors:
    • Mellon, L J
  • Publication Date: 1966-2

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  • Serial:
    • Land Economics
    • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
    • ISSN: 0023-7639

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  • Accession Number: 00200946
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 5 1970 12:00AM