CurbedLA recently wrote about a UCLA professor’s suggestion that parking meters should be more expensive, using the fundamental argument of capitalism:
“The price is too high if too many spaces are vacant, and too low if no spaces are vacant.”
Taking this one step further along with a sip of Kool-Aid (or whatever it is Starbucks puts in my latte), I’m wondering is the same idea can’t be applied towards controlling local traffic.
In short, the City of Los Angeles could add an extra $1 tax on every gallon of gas in order in order to encourage citizens to find other means of transportation, ie bikes, the MTA, walking, and car pooling.
There’s a number of other arguments for this – including the additional pressure it would put on finding alternative fuel sources – and no doubt some arguments against it.
But as much as some people complain about the current gas prices, I don’t see it having a signifigant effect on most people’s lifestyles – people are still driving and our streets are as packed as ever.
So, the question isn’t if gas is too expensive, but is it too cheap?