Federal gasoline taxes should be almost tripled over five years, a special commission urged yesterday in calling for drastic changes to fix aging bridges and roads and reduce traffic deaths.
The two-year study by the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission is the first to propose broad changes after the devastating bridge collapse in Minneapolis that took 13 lives in August shone a spotlight on the deteriorating national infrastructure.
The commission proposed increasing the gas tax, now 18.4 cents a gallon, by 5 cents to 8 cents annually for five years and then indexing it to inflation to help fix roads and bridges, expand public transit and highways, and broaden railway and rural access.
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