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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Transportation Funding Idea

I was mulling over the recent subcommittee vote in the GA and had a funding idea.

What if there was some way to only tax the people who rode Metro?

I'm not sure of the details but it's basically like this:
1) Figure out what it costs to operate Metro. What you would do is add up all of Metro's costs.
2) Figure out who rides Metro. I'm not sure if there should be surveys, or polls, or what.
3) Figure out some way of taxing people based on how often they ride Metro.

We could do the same thing for roads:
1) Figure out how much roads cost.
2) Figure out who uses the roads.
3) Tax people based on how often they use roads. You could even put some sort of device behind a car's rear-view mirror that could be scanned at different places on a road. If there is some item of consumption that people buy that roughly correlates to the amount they use roads, then you could tax that.

4 Comments:

Blogger jujhpkjuhpkjh[pkij said...

On the metro end, your plan would work like this: figure up total cost and set ticket prices accordingly. Therefore, all who ride Metro would pay, and the more you ride, the more you pay.

The closest thing for roads would be some sort of tolling or, of course, a gas tax increase.

11:04 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, "Toll booths" and "Ticket prices" kinda cover both of those. For roads that cannot be tolled, simply require mileage on your car to be checked at renewals of registration or license or otherwise, and base those fees on that.

6:46 AM

 
Blogger Madisonian said...

Charge someone based on how much they use something? Ludicrous. Next thing you know restaurants will be charging people based on what they order.

9:26 AM

 
Anonymous Waldo Jaquith said...

Is it fair to say that you would also support charging people for the true cost of gasoline, including air pollution, foreign wars, cleanup of buried tanks, etc? Because I'm totally down with charging people the true costs of such things.

9:41 AM

 

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