Vanpooling Band-Aids

Pay out of pocket or pay higher taxes.
Rabbittransit will not be able to start an express bus service to Maryland right now because of the statewide transit funding crisis, but it hopes to offer the next best thing: vanpooling. (ydr.com)

Pennsylvania faces a crisis in funding transportation. The more immediate crisis is finding the funds to avoid steep cuts and fare increases in mass transit.
Less pressing, except for the occasional bridge collapse and highway unfit to drive, are the state’s 5,913 structurally deficient bridges and 8,528 miles of roads in poor condition. The deterioration of the highway system will continue without an infusion of additional funding. A task force appointed by Gov. Ed Rendell pegged that amount at $1.7 billion annually to provide an acceptable standard of transportation. (AP)


Vanpooling would involve a full-service lease of 15-passenger vans and commuters volunteering to drive the vans to work and back.
The cost would be $100 to $115 a month if at least 13 people ride in each van, said Richard Farr, executive director of Rabbittransit. The bus company would contribute $200 a month to each vanpool to help reduce costs.
Most of the 500-plus respondents to a survey last year wanted an express bus service to Maryland, similar to the one offered to Harrisburg, said Richard Farr, executive director of Rabbittransit.
Maryland enjoys better roads and faster snow removal, but higher taxes. Pennyslvania also has alot more road mileage compared to neighboring states.
I assume that Pennsylvania roads will be snow covered longer, therefore, I keep a 13 year old, small Toyota 4×4 pickup lurking in the garage. In effect, I pay out of pocket to remain mobile rather than pay higher taxes for better road care.

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Paul Kuehnel has worked for the York Daily Record/Sunday News since 1984. Follow him on Twitter @paulkuehnel.
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