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Mobility Choice

Market based transportation reform

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Ben Goldman covers the recent MC Roundtable in Streetsblog:  "In this camp, America’s transportation choices are seen as a market where providers compete across the various modes for the privilege of meeting each individual’s transportation needs. A good transportation policy, in this view, is one that makes such a market function as efficiently as possible, keeping costs low for travelers and profits high enough for providers to ensure continued service without excessive government subsidy or regulation. Here, the user-pays-user-benefits principle is sacrosanct, and fiscal self-sufficiency is paramount."

Reason Magazine: HOT Congestion Insurance

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"Today, you can forget it if you need to get somewhere quickly during rush hour. Which is why toll lanes provide a valuable service.

"Toll lanes offer "congestion insurance." They ensure you can get somewhere on time when it really matters.

"You won't need it every day, but you're glad it's there when you do. And you only pay when you use the lanes."

Robert Poole & Shirley Ybarra, A Transportation Project that Pays for Itself

Oil Security Fee gains traction

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Former Senator Bill Bradley & former U.S. comptroller general David Walker in The Hill:  "Exchange the current federal gas tax for a 6 percent oil-security fee imposed on all oil produced in, or imported into, the United States." More in the Bradley, Ridge, Walker "Road to Recovery Report."

No Place Like Home

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"Nothing allows for geographic choice more than the ability to work at home. By 2015, suggests demographer Wendell Cox, there will be more people working electronically at home full time than taking mass transit, making it the largest potential source of energy savings on transportation. In the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, almost one in 10 workers is a part-time telecommuter. Some studies indicate that more than one quarter of the U.S. workforce could eventually participate in this new work pattern. Even IBM, whose initials were once jokingly said to stand for "I've Been Moved," has changed its approach. Roughly 40 percent of the company's workers now labor at home or remotely from a client's location."

Joel Kotkin, There's No Place Like Home

Telework: Saving Gas and Reducing Traffic from the Comfort of your Home

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Today’s mobile technologies make it easier than ever for people to work from anywhere. These advances, combined with concerns about traffic congestion, oil's inordinate strategic importance , and the environmental impact of driving appear to create a “perfect storm” for the expansion of telecommuting. However, a few outdated legislative barriers are holding back the more widespread use of telecommuting. A well-targeted and thoughtful approach to removing these barriers can reduce congestion and the need to use oil, while providing economic benefits to businesses, individual employees, and entire regions. Click here to read a new white paper on telecommuting by Justin Horner detailing what telecommuting means today and how to remove barriers to its expansion.

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