TRANSPORTATION: Away from Highways

In the greatest public works program since the pharaohs piled up the pyramids, the Government since 1956 has laced the U.S. with 33,000 miles of multilane highways. Nearly all of the $47 billion cost has been paid from the Highway Trust Fund, which lives off the 4¢-a-gallon federal gasoline tax. The highway program has created much convenience for drivers, countless jobs for workers—and untold profits for auto, oil, tire, cement, construction, motel and other companies. Lately the program has also earned much criticism.

In Baltimore, Washington, San Antonio, New Orleans and other cities, protesters have challenged about 200 highway projects....

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