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Jarlath O'neil-Dunne 
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Re: “North Ave Ballot Question Puts City Officials in Sticky Situation

Regarding "sharing the cost," the facts are that the majority of the cost of building and maintaining roads in Vermont are paid for by the general taxpayer, not motor vehicle fees. Thus, it is those of us who drive cars (me included) who are subsidized by the rest of the taxpayers. If we truly want to share the cost then gas taxes and registration fees for motor vehicles need to dramatically increase. Until then, if you drive a car you are getting free stuff.

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Posted by Jarlath O'neil-Dunne on 02/08/2016 at 10:03 AM

Re: “North Ave Ballot Question Puts City Officials in Sticky Situation

Few things are studied as much as road design. Decades of transportation research shows that 4-lane road designs, like North Ave, have substantially higher accident rates and offer no appreciable improvement in travel time. If you are against the pilot project, which will settle once and for all what the impacts of 3-lane design will be, at least present some transportation studies to back up your arguments.

North Ave is 0.8 miles. You can double the speed limit and it won't change the fact that it connects to a 2-lane road, which then puts you into a city with traffic congestion. The only thing that can be done to improve commute times is to decrease the number of cars (public transportation, car pooling, bike commuting). We can, however, reduce the needlessly high accident rate on North Ave through better road design. Let's give the pilot a try.

Some research to get you started...

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Posted by Jarlath O'neil-Dunne on 01/23/2016 at 6:18 PM

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