Peters persistent with privatization pitch

| 3/20/2007

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters continues to pitch two themes - that federal highway dollars are rapidly drying up, and that privatization is the alternative.

The Cincinnati Post reported that in a meeting with a group of Cincinnati area business and civic leaders, Peters gave no assurances that there would be adequate federal money for a new Interstate 75 bridge over the Ohio River between Cincinnati and northern Kentucky.

She did, however, suggest that state planners consider making the new span a privately operated toll bridge.

In an editorial, the newspaper staff said the prospect of a toll bridge "sends chills down the spine of the Post's editorial board."