to a survey commissioned by a road-building association, nearly
70 percent who participated in a recent poll think the nation
is experiencing a transportation capacity crisis with roads, airports
and mass transit systems.
by New York-based Zogby International was conducted July 9-12
of 1,025 registered voters nationwide. It was commissioned by
the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).
found 67 percent of participants would support an annual 2-cents-per-gallon
increase in the federal fuel tax if the money was used exclusively
for transportation improvements.
-- More than
three-fourths (78 percent) of voters believe that investment in
highways, bridges and mass transit should be considered an important
element in homeland security and national defense.
two-thirds (60 percent) agree that highway and mass transit improvements
should be a higher federal government priority.
support new ways to add highway capacity and increase motorist safety,
said Pete Ruane, ARTBA president and CEO. "Toll financed truck-only
lanes should be considered for existing Interstate highway right-of-way,
where appropriate. Double decking and tunneling in some urban areas-while
expensive-should also be seriously considered. Other solutions include
improved handling of traffic incidents to clear roadways quickly,
increased use of synchronized traffic signalization and 'smart road'
technologies to increase traffic flow."