Absolutely 100% totally wrong!<quoted text>
Note: The MVST (Motor Vehicle Sales Tax) has been hijacked to pay for LRT.
There has NEVER been any mass transit fee or tax hijacked to pay for roads.
From 1956 until 1962 there was a 15% tax on rail passengers that was poured into the Highway Trust Fund to help build Ike's dream. That tax was originally enacted to help the WWII war effort, before being diverted in 1956 to the highways.
Additionally, from 1956 to 1993 there was a 4.3 cents per gallon tax on diesel fuel that the RR's paid, which also went directly into the Highway Trust Fund. Starting in 1993 that money went into the General fund, which the Highway Trust Fund continues to borrow money from.
Finally, as has been noted many times already on here, only 40% of the MVST goes to transit. And since "transit" includes buses and senior/handicapped services, that means that far less than 40% ends up going to trains.
Besides, it wasn't hijacked, the voters approved the plan and the State legislature signed off on it.