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March 07, 2023



This person nailed it in a LTTE to the Daily Journal yesterday:


Metropolitan Transportation Commission spokesperson John Goodwin states “we know that pricing freeways is unpopular.” It’s way more than that; it’s criminal. The level of taxation is what makes San Mateo County unaffordable in the first place (“Highway toll feedback signals an uphill battle” in the Nov. 15 edition of the Daily Journal).

You can’t encourage the masses to use mass transit by charging us. We need to be where we need to be at certain times, on certain days, and under various shifting circumstances. Public transportation does not deliver. It is not a convenient option for everyday life, and most of us aren’t willing to make sacrifices when it comes to convenience, even if it costs us. Everyone needs free access to the roads — to get to work, to shop, to drive kids to school, etc. Our public transportation structure couldn’t possibly support a proposed increase of use.

The feedback from the public webinar hearings indicated that there simply are no factors that would incentivize the use of public transport. Maybe the Transportation Committee should put more focus on improving that rather than penalizing taxpayers for using what we already pay for.

Politicians continue to pursue any issue other than the source of it. Less people would solve so, so much. How about putting an end to the broken cycle of associating population growth with “progress.”

An agreement by all of us who use the freeways to ignore any bills in the mail for using them is something I could support.

Mike Hagmaier

San Mateo
It took me awhile to acclimate to the term "freeway" back in 1981--they are called highways in most of the country. As they are slowing becoming un-free, do we start calling them highways?

His last bit about just ignoring the bills seems unlikely to work. MTC just needs to stay in its lane. Fix the roads and bridges and stop social engineering people against their will.

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