Some politician should grow a pair and come out against capping the tax. He (or She) should say, we’re not going to cap the tax, but any revenue over $2.XX/gal will go directly into revamping this region’s poor public transportation. That way when gas is $4.50/gal, we will be prepared for the increased ridership on Centro, as well as getting the masses of people down from the North Country and far exurbs into the city to work.
You can keep my $0.04/gal, as long as you promise that centro will run later than 5:30pm out of the city.
And what about a Baldwinsville –> Cicero –> Liverpool –> “DestiNY” –> Syracuse Light Rail?
Or a Chittenango –> Manlius –> Fayetteville –> Dewitt –> SU Hill –> Downtown Line? How many cars would that take off the road?
Light rails are silent, run on electric power, and would increase property value for those living near it. (PDF)
Of course, in this county no one can see past next week let alone 5-10 years down the road. So I won’t hold my breath.