Streetsblog: Why Free Black Friday Parking Is a Bad Idea
Lastly, providing free parking creates an inequity issue for people who do not own a car. As I’ve noted before, more than one-quarter of Cleveland households lack access to a vehicle. Yet, because the cost of parking is already factored into the price of retail goods, these individuals will have to pay for the hidden cost of parking, despite the fact that they will not take advantage of it. Ohio’s transportation policies are already skewed heavily enough towards driving. The round-trip cost of taking public transportation to Tower City ($4.50 per person) is higher than the price for two hours of on-street parking. Requiring the City to pick up this tab only serves to widen the gap between drivers and non-drivers.
If you want to understand why people use a certain transit system, it makes sense to start with the system itself. Frequency, access, and any other service qualities that make riding as convenient as driving will help. Whether or not the way a city is designed and built nudges people toward the system — via residential density and street design, for instance — matters, too.
But as we’ve pointed out in the past, there’s a psychological component to riding transit that’s easy for city officials and planners to overlook. Fact is, we’re not all completely rational about our travel decisions. The perceptions that people have about public transportation, substantiated or not, are powerful enough to attract or repel them.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed legislation Monday that will eventually provide an additional $2.3 billion annually for infrastructure.
The legislation scraps the state’s 12-cent gas tax and lifts a cap on the wholesale taxes of fuel. Those taxes would then be passed on to consumers. The tweak would reportedly translate to a 28 cent-per-gallon increase on gas taxes for drivers, up from the current 32.2 cents.
The Keystone State now joins a slew of others that have enacted major boosts in infrastructure funds, in part due to a stagnant federal funding for transportation.
The director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, Michael Lewis, told a breakfast crowd Thursday that the state might not be able to start any new highway or bridge projects a year from now. The source of the money, a federal trust fund financed with the federal gasoline tax, is going broke.
What does “sustainability” mean? What does this word mean to a city split by I-95, having its West Side defined by low-income, varying racial demographics, and its neighborhoods perceived to be filled with crime and wastefulness, and its East Side defined by academia and the Ivy League, and its neighborhoods viewed to be high-end living with low crime?
Depending upon where you live, what you do for work and/or your role within the community, the word “sustainability” can hold all kinds of meaning, depending on various economic, social economic and environmental impacts.
Governing: Cities Set Their Eyes on Light Rail
Tucson has built four-mile-long streetcar tracks that will run between the University of Arizona campus and downtown. Only two of the eight cars that will be used to ferry passengers every 10 minutes have arrived, and operations will not start until next year.
But local business leaders say the streetcar has already revived the center of this sprawling, artsy city of 524,000. Roughly 150 businesses have opened their doors along the route in the last five years, and the once-dormant area is in the middle of a $230 million construction boom, according to the Downtown Tucson Partnership. The group estimates that 2,000 jobs have been created or relocated to the area.