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Streaming our "Cost of public safety" forum tonight

Posted at 5:58 PM on August 16, 2007 by Bill Wareham (3 Comments)

Minnesota Public Radio is hosting a discussion on the cost of ensuring public safety this evening at the UBS Forum. This comes in the aftermath of the I-35W bridge collapse and the debate that has started on ways to replace the fallen bridge - and the ways to fund such a massive project. MPR's Laura McCallum will host this forum.

The event is sold out, but you can listen live online at beginning at 7 p.m. this evening and email your questions to join in the conversation.

Comments (3)

My question is:
I had heard on NPR that the selected bid to replace the I-35W bridge does NOT include light rail. The cost of adding capacity for light rail now is several times lower than a new project later. Why are we choosing this short sighted option?

Thank you!

Posted by Perry Logan | August 16, 2007 7:16 PM

One of the speakers mentioned that the current gas taxes do not address maintenance of transportation systems.

Are there any real plans for a gas tax that will address maintenance?

Posted by Perry Logan | August 16, 2007 7:28 PM

A mileage tax is not such a good idea since it will require so much more administration costs. If we compare 1000 18 wheeler miles vs 1000 Hummer miles vs 1000 Prius miles, we see it really isn't fair. 18 wheelers get by far the worst mileage and also create the most damage.

Why are people so opposed to a gas tax when it is probably the most accurate and least administrative USER FEE?

Posted by Perry Logan | August 16, 2007 7:49 PM