Trucking vs Rail Economics

The fact that there is a trucking industry is a consequence of politics, not engineering. The trucking energy pays nothing for the road bed. It is provided free to all vehicles by government subsidy. Gasoline would have to be taxed $3 a gallon $0.80 a litre more to cover the cost of buying and maintaining the road beds, as it is in Europe. If the costs of wars to take oil from third world countries were factored in, it would cost $7 a gallon. Competing technologies are at a competitive disadvantage because they have to fund their own roadbeds. The real estate devoted to road beds in the USA is huge, 160,000 sq kms (61,776.35 sq miles), almost as much area as used to grow wheat.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)