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If Road Pricing Is Inherently Unfair and Regressive… | Planetizen

“Congestion pricing is a regressive policy,” writes Steve Hymon, a blogger on staff for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), to summarize the opinions of many public and private conversations about a congestion pricing proposal under consideration in Los Angeles. Metro CEO Phil Washington suggested congestion pricing to implement some form of congestion pricing to help pay for new transportation projects and to deliver more of the projects in time for the 2028 Olympics.

Hymon also added: “But it’s a fee with associated progressive benefits: better transit, less pollution, fewer greenhouse gas emissions and time (and thus money) savings for many people, to name four.”

With the release on Jan. 29 of a new study written by TransForm, a sustainable transportation advocacy group based in Oakland, Calif., with assistance from the Natural Resources Defense Council, road pricing, particularly cordon area congestion pricing and high occupancy toll (HOT) or express lanes, have been receiving more attention, which is a good thing because the study addresses one of the biggest perceived flaws of the policy, its impact on lower-income motorists.

As Planetizen blogger Todd Litman recently posted about the road pricing–equity study, “[r]oad pricing can be more equitable than other transportation funding options, such as property and sales taxes, and even fuel taxes.” That was the essence of a commentary last month by Joe Cortright in City Observatory

“Don’t decry congestion pricing as inequitable until after you fix, or at least acknowledge, these ten other things that are even more inequitable about the way we pay for transportation,” writes Cortright.

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