As I said before, someday people are going to look back on the Unpriced Road Era and be baffled. Then someone will point out that for the first several decades of the relevant period, the technology simply didn’t exist to do the tolling in a feasible way. That created an unpriced road status quo, which became extremely psychologically powerful for years after the unpriced road model had become technologically obsolete.I actually wrote a paper about this topic a couple of years ago and even made up a cute acronym for the legislation that would make such pricing a reality. Our goal was to think of a policy that is not currently in place but would be in 100 years and that a future society would find inconceivable that we didn't have said policy in our dark early days. Apparently the professor only wanted us to write about gay marriage, which she mentioned frequently, because she found my topic very boring and dull. I'm glad Matt doesn't agree.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Matthew Yglesias offers up another reason to support congestion pricing and sees some form of road pricing as inevitable: