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Most unsurprising Bay Area transportation survey result of the day

Monday, July 23, 2012

An admittedly unscientific reader survey by the Contra Costa Times to gauge reaction to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s proposal for a VMT tax (as in vehicle miles traveled) suggests a tough sell with toll-weary commuters. Columnist Tom Barnidge shares the results: of nearly 700 responses, support is at about 8 percent.
Maybe there should be a survey to pick the most ridiculing of the reader comments, judging from the sampling Barnidge provides:
"We need to vote these losers out of office and take away their inflated benefits."
"These pencil pusher so-called lawmakers never end looking out for themselves."
"This will be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Our family will leave the Bay Area."
So, in the pantheon of good ideas, this one ranks right up there with New Coke.
People haven't been this enthused about a brainstorm since Ford introduced a car in honor of Henry's son Edsel.

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