"Gas Crisis" shows solution to traffic problems
AAA: Oil prices drove driving costs up 1.6 cents per mile - to 49 cents.
This is about $240 out of $7,363, not counting the $3,000 a year in "carfare"
paid by everyone: foreign oil defense, "free" parking, lost time from injuries
and premature death, congestion and sprawl, etc.
The pain of physically shelling out money at the pump must have much to do with
many peoples outrage.
So what if the other 90% of individual and social driving costs were paid up
front like gas, or even by the mile and minute? Talk about an incentive.
What if you could decide (or not) to travel by any vehicle, with no overhead
costs? So instead of saving a buck in gas, avoiding a trip or biking would
save ten. Taking a passenger would save 5.
What it takes to build that future is in use now. Neighborhood rental is
growing in Europe (stratauto) and is starting here. This enables people to
rent what they need for the trip, from scooters to Suburbans, instead of buying
the biggest vehicle they may need once a year.
Automatic tolls which rise and fall with traffic demand are in use in America
The US DOT is paying billions to the road and auto industries to "solve"
traffic problems with cosmic schemes like automated roads packing automated
Their obvious goal is not just perpetuating solo driving, but to make cars and
roads much more expensive - a pretty savvy move considering we have forced
everyone behind the wheel and are running out of land.
If instead we used proven technology to accurately meter all the costs of
driving, people would change habits and save thousands.
The auto and road industries would lose billions, so the congressmen on their
payrolls are our biggest challenge.
Satellite Beach, FL USA
Expanding roads to fight congestion is like loosening your belt to fight