S. John Collins/Baker City Herald With gas taxes the major source of money to maintain highways and city streets, transportation officials worry about running short of money as more people drive fuel-efficient vehicles.
With thousands of new fuel-sipping vehicles rolling onto our highways every year, the gas tax is becoming a less-reliable source of revenue to maintain roads
By Jayson Jacoby
Toyota’s iconic Prius hybrid car is beloved by owners as they roll past the gas station.
Until one of the skinny, low rolling resistance tires slams into a pothole with a kidney-bruising crunch.
The Prius and the pothole could serve as the twin symbols of a looming crisis that confronts Oregon and the rest of the nation.
How can we afford to keep our streets and highways in decent shape when the main source of money for that work — gas tax revenue — inexorably shrinks as the gas-sipping frugality that the Prius epitomizes spreads, virus-like, through America’s fleet?