A bit too libertarian for my tastes, but there are a lot of good ideas in
there. However, the author seems to want to start with trying to get a city
to adopt an ordinance to only use fees derived from autos and trucks to
support transportation infrastructure. But it doesn't seem to me that a
city has enough control over the fees that are or might be charged to car
users to be able to use them to support all the ways that it currently
subsidizes car travel (police enforcement, fire department & paramedics for
traffic accidents, annual maintenance for roads, etc). I don't believe a
city can charge a gas tax or impose a fee based on emissions during the
bi-annual inspection (in California). And how does a city start charging
for road usage? Does it require all out-of-towners to stop at the city
limits and install a "tag"?
I'd be interested in a discussion on how to gradually implement these ideas
on a city, county, or statewide basis. For instance, I believe there is
already going to be an intiative (in California) to limit the gas tax to be
used on transit. However, I believe a lot of car lovers would love to, on
libertarian principles, further limit it to roads only.
From: Matt Hohmeister [mailto:mdh6214@...
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2001 6:01 PM
Subject: [carfree_cities] Great transportation website
My favorite quote off the main page is:
"The root cause of difficulties for transit is the lack of a free-
market for competing transportation. Returning to fundamental free
market principles is the most effective way of helping transit. There
are beneficial side effects, including cleaner air, less noise, and a
The site goes on how to, basically, make all transport self-funded.
doesn't say anything in specific about making areas car-free, but I
have a feeling that, by eliminating automobile subsidies, the
price of auto use in urban areas will form car-free areas.
The only problem? Gas would go up to something like $5 to $15 a
to cover costs of driving (a figure we frequently see).
Now, is it just me, or are the majority of Americans determined to
transportation just the way it is now? A candidate who proposes
eliminating transportation subsidies or adding one cent to the price
gas *will not* be elected. Perhaps the lure of "lower taxes" might
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