Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The high cost of cheap auto insurance

The Stranger: "The Seattle-based Transportation Choices estimated that between 1994 and 2003, car crashes cost King County $8 billion (PDF). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have the yearly cost of traffic accidents in Washington state at $665 million. Even more staggering are the numbers in a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It found, among other things, that the annual cost of car crashes in 2010 was $871 billion. And who pays for a lot of this? The public, of course. It also is telling that the solution AAA recommends is increasing safety on roads rather than increasing access to safer modes of transportation. (One study found that "transit travel has about a tenth the traffic casualty (death or injury) rate as automobile travel."[PDF].)

As if subsides for car insurance and oil companies were not enough, the brilliant "parking professor" Donald Shoup estimated just over a decade ago that parking spaces in the US yearly receive somewhere between $127 billion and $374 billion in subsidies. My point: Socialism has got nothing on American cars."

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Information technology companies getting in on the sprawl and congestion gravy train

Desperate attempts are being made to preserve the #autosprawl system. The latest scam is that IT companies are saying they can computerize traffic control and reduce congestion.

This will be another big waste of money. Watch this blog for more on this.

#Freetransit "too expensive" but fossil-fuels get USD $10M per minute

The Guardian: "Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (£3.4tn) a year, equivalent to $10m a minute every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund."

Thursday, April 9, 2015

More numbers on the cost of welfare for cars and sprawl

New studies measure the true cost of sprawl, and it's more than you think : TreeHugger: "Two new studies demonstrate the true costs of sprawl, and attempt to show that if new development was built at higher densities and with proper public transit, billions of dollars could be saved."

Monday, March 16, 2015

Oklahoma City takes down bus stop, puts up 24 million dollar parking garage. #autosprawlsubsidy

Examiner.com: "Downtown Oklahoma City recently removed a covered steel beam formal bus stop. Now simply a concrete slab, which appears just behind the sidewalk in the video on the right. This stop is on a triangle, which is owned by Oklahoma City.

...The building on the right in the video is the City Municipal Building. City Hall. This stop is at Robert S. Kerr, Couch Drive and North Walker Avenue, across from the Norick Library. On the South, is the brand new, 24 million dollar 10 story Arts District parking garage, which was constructed under the same group who technically is responsible for the regulation and process of city transit services and bus stops, all of which is under Oklahoma City Municipal government."

Monday, January 12, 2015

More numbers on car welfare - 20 to 70 cents per gallon

CityLab: "This national refusal to increase gas taxes—which have gone unchanged at the federal level since 1993—has two enormous impacts on everyday life. The first is that drivers no longer cover the cost of road and bridge maintenance, as the gas tax originally intended. UC Davis scholar Mark Delucchi recently estimated that drivers fall short in this respect by 20 to 70 cents per gallon. General taxpayers have made up the resulting budget gap in recent years, whether they drive or not."

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To kill a member of #ISIS costs USD 2 million. #Autosprawlsubsidy

To preserve the car-and-sprawl economy of the US, it is necessary to spend a lot of money controlling energy sources and transport routes, especially oil. A big reserve of high net-energy oil is in Kirkuk, Iraq. Consequently the US has to fight the Islamic State (aka ISIS) for control of this oil. It would be a lot easier just to make buses free and gradually dismantle sprawl, but a lot of billionaires would lose money, so they force the taxpayer to continue this subsidy.

ibtimes : "Of the $1.1 billion, more than $60 million have been spent on Navy munitions alone, which include 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles fired by American warships from the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. The bulk of these missiles targeted al Qaeda-linked Khorasan group near the Syrian city of Aleppo, AP reported. The figures released by the U.S. Central Command reportedly did not provide a cost estimate for ammunitions used by the Air Force, which is expected to be significantly higher."