Before the mid-1960s, most of the nation’s transportation network was paid for by user fees and it was in pretty good shape.
Libertarians and transport economists for decades have advocated tolling as an alternative to fuel taxes, which have always been a poor proxy for charging users and have since become obsolete.
With regard to the Army Corps of Engineers, pork barrel politics, boondoggles, and environmental harm have been the modus operandi for more than a century.
When the new and improved Bay Bridge debuts, it will have been 24 years since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake shook a big chunk out of the bridge's eastern span.
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