Friday, September 26, 2014

Auto, oil, and sprawl profits come from the taxpayer, not drivers

Vox: " it's simply not the case that road tolls, gasoline taxes, and other revenues derived from drivers that pay for America's road infrastructure."

Sunday, August 3, 2014

#Autosprawlsubsidy killing Florida

The Price of Sprawl: A Florida guide to the taxpayer cost of residential development: "Most Floridians are unaware of the huge amount of housing already approved, but not yet built. It’s enough housing for over 100 million people — over 5 times more than Florida’s current population of around 19 million."

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Oil Change : "As of July 2014, Oil Change International estimates the total value of U.S. subsidies to the fossil fuel industry at $37.5 billion annually, including international finance.  This does not include military, health, climate, or local pollution costs.  These subsidies have increased dramatically as U.S. oil and gas production has increased."

Monday, June 2, 2014

Cost of cars, health

Study shows public health often ignored in transportation policy: ""The public health effects of heavy traffic are broad," said study author Carolyn McAndrews, PhD, assistant professor at the CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning, one of the largest schools of its kind in the U.S. "Studies have found associations between high-traffic roads and high mortality rates, lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, poor birth outcomes and traffic-related injuries.""

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Cost of auto collisions $900, cost of #freetransit $100. (per person per year)

New NHTSA Study Shows Motor Vehicle Crashes Have $871 Billion Economic and Societal Impact on U.S. Citizens | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): "WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released a new study that underscores the high economic toll and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes in the United States. The price tag for crashes comes at a heavy burden for Americans at $871 billion in economic loss and societal harm. This includes $277 billion in economic costs – nearly $900 for each person living in the United States based on calendar year 2010 data — and $594 billion in harm from the loss of life and the pain and decreased quality of life due to injuries."

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Study shows Brazil subsidizes cars over #publictransit 12 to 1

R7.COM: A cada R$ 1 investido em transporte público, governo dá R$ 12 em incentivo para carro e moto: "Estudo do Ipea atribui a essa relação de valores o aumento da frota particular no país

A cada R$ 12 gastos em incentivos ao transporte particular, o governo investe R$ 1 em transporte público. A constatação foi feita pelo Ipea (Instituto de Pesquisas Econômicas Aplicadas) no estudo sobre a mobilidade urbana no Brasil, divulgado na última quarta-feira (25). A pesquisa considera as três esferas de governo do país: municipal, estadual e federal."

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Free parking is car welfare

The Weekly Nabe: "The average cost of residential space in my zip code is $892 per square foot. That means the total value of the street space that the city gives away for free is nearly $9 million. And that’s on my block alone.

comment by Eric McClure:

Based on your calculations, Keith, I worked out the monthly mortgage payment if everyone on the block had to buy a parking space rather than get one for free. Using a Toyota Prius as the average model, and allowing for a little space between cars, I calculated that there’s space for 78 cars on the block. Assuming that everyone had put down 20% for their spots, the monthly payment per spot, at a 4% interest rate, would be about $437. Seems about fair."