21.4.13

LET'S ACCOUNT FOR ALL THE SUBSIDIES.

Via Destination: Freedom, a useful primer on the nature and extent of transportation subsidies.
About 30% of Americans want to live in [transit-oriented developments], yet the government does not support that reasonable and healthy market demand. Instead we subsidize cheap gasoline, suburban McMansions and the "Drive Everywhere to Everything" lifestyle with $101 billion ($327/capita) in subsidies (General funds & non-transportation taxes) in 2010.
I hesitate to vouch for the extent of the demand or the absence of government subsidies for, e.g., streetcars and Passenger Rail.  But leave aside the polemics and keep in mind that there is a lot of public money in road construction, maintenance, traffic enforcement, and snow plowing, and the definitive study of whether that expenditure is a regressive transfer or not remains to be written.

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