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I am trying to digest this.

In general, I think traffic planning doesn't take costs of getting in and out of lanes into account. You can't factor in stupid drivers, and there are a lot of them, but you can try to design roads that eliminate opportunities for abuse.

DC does a terrific job of patrolling rush hour lanes. It is amazing how well the public sector bureaucracy can work when there is a massive profit incentive ($100 fines?).

A little confused as well with the 3 lane thing. And while I love the $300,000 per parking space figure, I have to think the math behind that is a little weak.

But this is the quote that I liked:

"a critic of the city's parking-meter privatization, questioned whether the recommendation to lift rush-hour parking bans might be driven by the desire to increase meter revenue, since the recommended blocks are all metered."

Since Chicago is on the hook for lower parking meter revenue collected, I do suspect that is what is going on. No problem like that in DC -- as I said our small army of ticket collectors and tow trucks is on the job every rush hour.

by charlie on Jun 11, 2010 12:28 pm • linkreport

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