- ... wrote: ... like ... I may be mistaken, but I believe the object of tolls (aside from realizing monopoly rents) is the recoveryMessage 1 of 32 , Dec 1, 2003View Source--- In email@example.com, "Andrew Dawson"
> I'm not against tolls on roads, so long as the money goes to things
> health care or education.I may be mistaken, but I believe the object of tolls (aside from
realizing monopoly rents) is the recovery of the road or bridge
building expenses. Operating costs could (and should) also be
Sales taxes are an established way for some jurisdictions to pay for
popular services, like education. It would seem that a toll service
could be taxed as well. However, I suspect that one may stand a
better chance of taxing mother's milk due to politically influential
road interests :-).
Public funds for manifold purposes can be raised by any means not
explicitly prohibited. That means that it may be legal for a
government to demand payment from anyone moving along a particular
transportation corridor. However, movement is a basic right.
We can honor the right to travel while realizing that the costs
associated with facilitating movement vary with the mode involved. It
is those costs which should be recovered. Automobile users are paying
less than they should be.
> Big box stores can be better, if they are built with their parking
> them and treat their workers with a little more respect.It should only be paid parking. The "free" parking that stores in the
US generally provide is paid for by all customers through their
purchases, whether they park anything or not. If the parking is
no-charge, the parking costs aren't a factor in people's decision of
whether or not to drive to the store. This means more driving and
fewer sales by the stores that aren't selling automobile products and
- On 03.12.3 10: Message: 10 ... Actually, that s every twenty minutes during the off-hours. During peak hours the trains run every *five minutes*--and that sMessage 32 of 32 , Dec 3, 2003View SourceOn 03.12.3 10:> Message: 10
> Date: Wed, 03 Dec 2003 07:28:12 -0800Actually, that's every twenty minutes during the off-hours. During peak
> From: Richard Risemberg <rickrise@...>
> Subject: HSR
> Was recently on the bullet trains in Japan. 2000-passenger loads
> leaving every twenty minutes from downtowns everywhere, the station a
> short subway or taxi ride from anywhere in any town (think twenty
> minutes max), three levels of service (pay a little more for fewer
> stops). And they turn a profit!
hours the trains run every *five minutes*--and that's just the bullet
On my trip three years ago, I was planning to take the train from Tokyo to
visit some friends in Kamakura (home of the emblematic Great Buddha), which
is perhaps 40 miles south. I phoned my friends to make arrangements and said
that I would have to find out when the trains left.
"Don't bother," my friend said. "The trains run every 12 minutes. Just give
us a half-hour window of when you plan to leave Tokyo Station, and we'll be
there to meet you."
On that same trip, I road a country train that literally served as a school
bus for junior and senior high school students who lived in villages that
were too small to support a secondary school.
Japan truly is transit heaven. On my last trip (spring 2002), I found a
whole new railroad line running into Tokyo Station that had not been there
before, and the subways are constantly under construction. They also have a
second Shinkansen bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka on the drawing board
(it would pass through different cities), because the existing one is
Despite their huge auto industry and some regrettable trends in the
direction of car-oriented development in suburban areas, Japanese will be as
ready as anyone in the world when the oil runs out.