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Re: [carfree_cities] Chengdu seeks to limit numbers of new vehicles on its roads

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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
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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

















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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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