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Gov. Northam Announces Replacement of “9,600 Highway Lights” with LEDs

This is what we want to be doing, but...any idea what percentage of the total number of highway lights are out there in Virginia,...

Why Do We Subsidize Roads But Expect Profits From Amtrak?

Amtrak's Capitol LimitedFederal, state & local governments spent nearly $193 billion on highways in 2008, recouping only about $30 billion of that in toll revenue. That means highways lost $160 billion, money we spent with no expectation of ever getting it back.

Yet when Congress spends a little over $1 billion on Amtrak, why do Republicans expect it to turn a profit?

If Amtrak is expected to turn a profit, shouldn't highways be expected to do so as well? Why should Amtrak be asked to compete on an uneven playing field? It's like asking Starbucks to turn a profit if Dunkin Donuts is handing out free coffee next door.