WSDOT report about highways & miles driven prompts response from KVI hosts

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Seattle Times writes, by several standards, the transportation network of Washington state is creaking under the pressures of age and economic growth. Drivers traveled 6.4 percent more highway miles than two years ago and 4.8 percent farther overall. This increase fueled a 22 percent increase in urban delays due to congestion and added carbon pollutants that cause global warming. KVI's John Carlson and Kirby Wilbur tackle the stats in the story to give listeners some perspective. (file photo: KOMO News)

A Seattle Times story about a new report by WSDOT prompts a response from KVI hosts Kirby Wilbur and John Carlson.

According to the Seattle Times story, highway miles driven in Washington is up 6.4%, people are driving more.

The laughable part about the story is it includes attribution of a Seattle based environmental group that says drivers are using the roads for free. As Wilbur responds, "is the road space really free when we pay the highest gas tax in the country to maintain that road space?"

Wilbur continues by saying, " And so this idea that these progressives, these liberals, these lefty environmentalists have that 'well you're really driving on these roads for free' and as long as its free....and its true, if it were free there would be unlimited use of it, but its not free."

The environmental group Sightline Institute also cites the air pollution due to cars on roads, but that ignores the growing trend of electric vehicles replacing internal-combustion engine vehicles. Perhaps you've heard of Tesla unveiling a new battery powered truck to replace diesel tractor-trailers on American roadways. With the internal-combustion engine going away in America, to be replaced with electric vehicles or other non CO2 emitting vehicles, tailpipe emissions will be reduced and the freeway system will be vital to move people and products. That might require freeway expansion but some experts are saying traffic congestion can be reduced with autonomous driving vehicles.

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