NH Supreme bars gas tax from commuter rail usage

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NH Supreme bars gas tax from commuter rail usage

Postby Zaphod » Mon Apr 19, 2004 9:54 pm

The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled today that gasoline taxes cannot be used for rail projects, due to a 1938 constitutional amendment specifying that gasoline taxes be used for highway improvements and nothing else.


The Court did not agree with the state's assertion that diverting commuters from highways onto commuter rail would result in improvements to the state's highways.

Postby apodino » Mon Apr 19, 2004 10:49 pm

However, all is not lost in my opinion. The transportation bill that recently passed congress authorizes money for this project. So it is possible that the money for this comes from the federal government. Still, its amazing that these people in the trucking and oil industries have such a narrow vision, and don't even realize that these projects can benefit them. Because of that, we now have no trackless trolley routes anywhere in boston other than out of harvard square, no Fall River/New Bedford, the old colony is still being rebuilt, and no north south rail link.
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