Property owners in Columbus are funding transit passes and avoiding the need to build parking

San Francisco, Boulder, Cambridge, and others have TDM ordinances requiring developers to include transit-oriented amenities in new properties.  Cities all over the country require developers to pay infrastructure impact fees, which often feed transit budgets. And employers often help cover the cost of their employees’ transit passes.  But Columbus’ program will be the first in the country where bus passes are …

If you’re renting a US city apartment without a car, 16% of your rent pays for parking you don’t need

Expensive spots. (Björn Andrén/Matton Collection/Corbis) By Michael J. Coren, Quartz, July 18, 2017 A whole generation of young workers are being priced out of renting (let alone, buying) in major cities. Parking deserves part of the blame, suggests a recent study. Since the 1940s, many US cities introduced minimum parking rules: for every new unit of housing, developers must also build a certain …

About 100,000 in Michigan get their driver’s licenses suspended every year because many can’t afford to pay off traffic fines and fees

By Niraj Warikoo , Detroit Free, 24 May 2017 – Trapped in poverty by traffic tickets Buy Photo (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press) 835CONNECTTWEETLINKEDIN 123COMMENTEMAILMORE Adrian Fowler didn’t have a valid driver’s license, but with her infant daughter running a 103-degree temperature one day in the winter of 2013, she had to drive. Fowler’s driver’s license had been suspended earlier …

If you can’t get rid of cars (or gas vehicles) in the city center, get rid of parking

FastCompany June 2017 All Oslo wanted to do was lighten its environmental footprint. But the Norwegian capital’s noble goal—to cut greenhouse gas emissions down to 95% of their 1990 levels by 2030—necessitated restricting car traffic. And that’s where the troubles began. Transit accounts for 61% of Oslo’s carbon emissions; private cars are responsible for 39% of that total. So in 2015, …

Per mile road pricing and ban on new parking under consideration in London

Gwyn Topham, The Guardian, 20 June 2017 London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to cut 3m car journeys a day and encourage cycling and walking in effort to reduce congestion and air pollution Queuing traffic in London, where the mayor wants to ensure 80% of journeys in future are made by public transport, walking or cycling. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA London is …

What if we taxed parking to keep housing affordable? A proposal in Atlanta…

By Angie Schmitt on Jul 03, 2017 11:50 am Last week we wrote about a proposal in Atlanta to set aside a fraction of funds from a recent transit ballot measure to keep housing affordable near new lines and stations. Advocates want to ensure that current residents benefit from those transit investments and don’t get forced out by rising rents. …

Solving a parking crunch in downtown Austin without adding lots of parking

By Stephen Miller on Streetsblog, 23 June 2017 Cities and towns are constantly fretting about downtown parking. But what they often perceive as a “parking shortage” isn’t caused by a lack of parking — it’s the result of poor management of the parking they already have. The upshot is that many cities, seeking cheap and plentiful car storage, pursue policies that make their parking and traffic …

It’s time to stop pretending that roads pay for themselves: Car owners don’t come close to covering the price of maintaining the roads they use

By Angie Schmitt, 25 Nov 2015 If nothing else, the current round of federal transportation legislating should end the myth that highways are a uniquely self-sufficient form of infrastructure paid for by “user fees,” a.k.a. gas taxes and tolls. With all the general tax revenue that goes toward roads in America, car infrastructure has benefited from hefty subsidies for many …