Auto use statewide is declining and is near stagnant in Austin, yet the number of people using public transit rose 4.7% last year [“Headlines
,” News, Feb. 1]. However, the vast majority of transport spending goes to building yet more roads. Why? Our elected officials – local, state, and federal – have been bought by the highway lobby (real estate, construction, oil, and autos). Maybe Cap Metro fares should include a political surcharge to raise money to buy some politicians who would provide the funding that public transit deserves.