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  • jane.
    More China-transport news: Chengdu considering caps on vehicles; seeks public s input Chengdu has the third-highest number of cars among Chinese cities, after
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 8, 2010
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      More China-transport news:

      Chengdu considering caps on vehicles; seeks public's input

      Chengdu has the third-highest number of cars among Chinese cities, after only Beijing and Shanghai. Finally the government is seeking to do something to curb the growth. With a democratic twist.

      Full text at:
      http://www.gochengdoo.com/en/blog/item/1462/chengdu_considering_caps_on_vehicles_seeks_publics_input

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      Subject: [carfree_cities] NYTimes.com: China Again Hopes to Drive U.S. Rail Construction
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      Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010, 7:06 AM







       









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      BUSINESS | April 08, 2010

      China Again Hopes to Drive U.S. Rail Construction

      By KEITH BRADSHER

      China is poised to play a role in supplying the technology to build high-speed rail lines in California.



      http://www.nytimes com/2010/ 04/08/business/ global/08rail. html?emc= eta1



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    • Chris Bradshaw
      This article is a good survey of the traditional solutions. But they miss one that I, as a former carshare provider, have to put on the table. If there is only
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 8, 2010
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        This article is a good survey of the traditional solutions.

        But they miss one that I, as a former carshare provider, have to put on the
        table.

        If there is only room for so many cars -- a question few cities ever
        consider -- then you have to ensure that the magic number are shared
        equitably. And that requires a formal sharing industry.

        The proposal on the table seems to be inequitable, since it makes those with
        cars already registered safe from the auction or any fees. It affects only
        those trying to enter the car-ownership world. That is a fairness flaw that
        will undermine the broad acceptance the program requires.

        Instead, those with existing plates need to know that they will face an
        auction of some flat fee when their plates next need to be renewed.

        But the best scheme is for sharing of the limited fleet, which might happen
        naturally. In such a dense environment, parking is as much limited as road
        space, and that cost becomes non-productive cost to those owning a car. A
        carsharing company could reduce that cost (by stringing together many
        different people's uses), reducing the need for parking, and having any
        remaining parking cost shared by the many users.

        It also will reduce each driver's tendency to drive, which is stimuated by
        private-ownership's sunk costs and the ease of access.

        Anytime you have a limited supply of anything, you have to rely on price to
        cut into everyone's demand for it. Only sharing schemes will do that.

        Chris Bradshaw
        Ottawa



        ----- Original Message -----
        From: "jane." <voodikon@...>
        To: <carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2010 14:38
        Subject: [carfree_cities] Chengdu seeks to limit numbers of new vehicles on
        its roads


        More China-transport news:

        Chengdu considering caps on vehicles; seeks public's input

        Chengdu has the third-highest number of cars among Chinese cities, after
        only Beijing and Shanghai. Finally the government is seeking to do something
        to curb the growth. With a democratic twist.

        Full text at:
        http://www.gochengdoo.com/en/blog/item/1462/chengdu_considering_caps_on_vehicles_seeks_publics_input

        --- On Thu, 4/8/10, rickrise@... <rickrise@...> wrote:

        From: rickrise@... <rickrise@...>
        Subject: [carfree_cities] NYTimes.com: China Again Hopes to Drive U.S. Rail
        Construction
        To: carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010, 7:06 AM

















        This page was sent to you by: rickrise@earthlink. net.



        BUSINESS | April 08, 2010

        China Again Hopes to Drive U.S. Rail Construction

        By KEITH BRADSHER

        China is poised to play a role in supplying the technology to build
        high-speed rail lines in California.



        http://www.nytimes com/2010/ 04/08/business/ global/08rail. html?emc= eta1



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