Chart: Roads losing to bike paths & streetcars

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In Portland, road maintenance takes a backseat to bikes and streetcars
By Dr. Eric Fruits
Econ International Blog

Following up on a previous article, the figure below shows that as Portland’s road paving backlog has grown, the city has expanded bikeways and streetcar lines.

Yes, yes, I know, correlation is not the same as causation.

Nevertheless, the figure demonstrates that the city appears to have sacrificed road maintenance in favor of alternative modes of transportation.