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Huh, I stand corrected. I think I was confusing expected to pay for itself with profit.
I don't see how this would greatly reduce traffic since DeBlasio and Polly T. seem intent on narrowing streets
How can narrowing streets (as in reducing the number of usable lanes) not increase commute times for car drivers and passengers?
Right. Its pretty basic. While reducing the number of usable lanes to make way for, say, designated bus lanes, may mean faster transportation times for those on buses, it doesn't mean that for people riding in private vehicles. Hence, London, which some continue to dubiously cite as a congestion pricing success story, continues to have terrible traffic.
Right. Its pretty basic. While reducing the number of usable lanes to make way for, say, designated bus lanes, may mean faster transportation times for those on buses, it doesn't mean that for people riding in private vehicles. Hence, London, which some continue to dubiously cite as a congestion pricing success story, continues to have terrible traffic. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_congestion_charge"A report by TfL in early 2007 indicated that there were 2.27 traffic delays per kilometre in the original charging zone. This compared with a figure of 2.3 before the introduction of the congestion charge. After the scheme was introduced they had measured an improvement in journey times of 0.7 minutes per km, or 30%."Even had traffic times not decreased, the cost of the infrastructure has more fairly shifted to the people using it least efficiently. That's a good thing.
It said 57 per cent of the cash paid by motorists had been eaten up in administration charges, but speeds had failed to rise above those of a “horse and cart”. Transport for London hit back, saying it had raised £1.2 billion to improve public transport, including £960 million on a better bus service."
Why would property owners in Brooklyn neighborhoods want to tax themselves when they enter Manhattan?
You're kidding, right? Brooklynites drive the Manhattan Bridge to cross Canal Street on their way to the Holland Tunnel, when they head south to the Jersey Shore, Philly, Washington, D.C., etc. They drive the Brooklyn Bridge to the FDR when going anywhere from Midtown to Harlem to the GW Bridge to points north and west.Congestion pricing will make it very expensive for Brooklynites to leave Brooklyn via car. It disadvantages Brooklyn residents versus Manhattan residents.
But those of us who do own cars are highly motivated to oppose these blatant attempts to force the few (car owners) to subsidize the many (mass transit users). Hear us ROAR!