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In an automobile-centric culture, any cent not going to roads seems like a swipe to motor vehicle operators and they react vociferously.

The fact is that transit in cities where you have the right conditions to support it, significantly reduces motor vehicle traffic making it better for people who do drive. DC and NYC are perfect examples of this. NYC couldn't function if it were reliant on motor vehicles for mobility. (Note that limited access roads/bridges into each city are exceptions to the "significantly reduces traffic" point.)

The gas tax would have to be about triple what it is just to cover road and maintenance issues, and maybe at least 6x to adequately address transit and biking in ways that can significantly support motor vehicle traffic reduction, and maybe 7x to adequately fund pedestrian retrofit.

That's not counting the military costs associated with maintaining access to oil, and the various environmental and health costs.

FWIW, David Engwicht, in _Reclaiming Our Towns from Traffic_ calls for excise taxes on driving in terms of how personally owned automobile based transport economically destabilizes transit systems.

by Richard Layman on Sep 7, 2011 1:32 pm • linkreport

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