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  • J.H. Crawford
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    Message 1 of 1 , May 2 1:16 PM
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      >Date: Mon, 02 May 2005 10:29:41 -0700
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      >From: Todd Alexander Litman <litman@...>
      >Subject: New Documents Posted On VTPI Website
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      >For Immediate Release: 2 May 2005
      >For more information: Todd Litman <litman@...>.
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      >The Victoria Transport Policy Institute has three timely new documents posted on its website (http://www.vtpi.org).
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      >1) "Efficient Vehicles Versus Efficient Transportation: Comparing Transportation Energy Conservation Strategies," by Todd Litman (http://www.vtpi.org/cafe.pdf).
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      >This paper compares four transportation energy conservation strategies using a comprehensive evaluation framework that takes into account how each strategy affects annual vehicle travel, and therefore mileage-related impacts such as traffic congestion, road and parking facility costs and crash risk. Mileage-related impacts tend to be large in magnitude compared with energy conservation benefits, so even small changes in total vehicle travel can have a large impact on net benefits. Fuel efficiency standards and some alternative fuels cause vehicle travel to increase. Higher fuel taxes cause a combination of increased vehicle fuel economy and reduced mileage. Mobility management strategies cause relatively large mileage reductions and so provide the greatest mileage-related benefits. Conventional evaluation practices often overlook mileage-related impacts and so tend to overvalue strategies that increase vehicle fuel efficiency and undervalue mobility management strategies. Published recently in "Transport Policy," Volume 12, Issue 2, March 2005, Pages 121-129, (http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0967070X04000575).
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      >2) "Appropriate Response to Rising Fuel Prices," by Todd Litman (http://www.vtpi.org/fuelprice.pdf)
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      >This paper evaluates public policy options for responding to rising fuel prices. There is popular support for policies to minimize retail prices by reducing fuel taxes or providing production subsidies. But price-minimization policies are likely to harm consumers and the economy overall by encouraging transportation system inefficiency. Fuel price reductions are an inappropriate way to provide affordable mobility to low-income households; other strategies can do more to increase affordability while also increasing transport system efficiency. Because many transportation decisions are durable, low fuel price policies will increase future fuel import costs, imposing harming the future economy. Rather than reducing fuel prices it would be better to allow prices to rise and do everything possible to improve transport system efficiency. It is difficult to image consumers demonstrating with signs that say, "Raise My Fuel Prices!," but it actually makes sense.
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      >3) "Paying For Parking," by Gabriel Roth (http://www.vtpi.org/roth_parking.pdf)
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      >This 1965 paper is an interesting and seminal document which outlines the principles of efficient parking pricing and management. Many issues it raises apply to other types of transport pricing reforms, such as congestion pricing. Posted with author's permission (thanks Gabriel!).
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      >The Victoria Transport Policy Institute is an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transportation problems. The VTPI website (http://www.vtpi.org) has many resources addressing a wide range of transport planning and policy issues. Please let us know if you have comments or questions, or if you would like to be removed from our mailing list. And please pass this information on to others who may find it useful.
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      >Sincerely,
      >Todd Litman, Director
      >Victoria Transport Policy Institute
      >"Efficiency - Equity - Clarity"
      >1250 Rudlin Street
      >Victoria, BC, V8V 3R7, Canada
      >Phone & Fax: 250-360-1560
      >Email: litman@...
      >Website: http://www.vtpi.org
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