… is government transportation and infrastructure policy. We’ll delve into that shortly. For now, here is a little more dog-bites-man:
According to an analysis based on Census data by transportation specialist Ron Utt, nine of 10 Virginia commutes are by car and fewer than one in 20 by mass transit. Yet he calculates that about 60 cents of every transportation dollar goes to roads, while about 30% of Mr. McDonnell’s tax increase would go to public transit and rail.
The McDonnell plan even earmarks $300 million for a $5.5 billion extension of the Washington, D.C. metro to Virginia’s Dulles airport. That project, which rivals California’s high-speed rail project for fiscal implausibility, has been plagued with so many cost overruns that its construction and operating costs will, according to a Heritage Foundation study, “be at least $40,000″ per new round-trip weekday rider, or “about as much as the annual cost to lease each new rider a Rolls Royce.”