|Just tolling solves all our congestion problems!|
(Chart not in memo; all other clips here are from the memo)
|Draft memo on funding|
More than this, the best way to fund a bridge removes the conditions that supposedly make it necessary.
A $1.00 toll reduces congestion so much that traffic counts won't reach projected untolled 2015 levels until 2030!
A $2.00 toll basically halves the traffic.
Here's the table from which the chart above was drawn. (The columns for $2.50 and $4.00 were omitted.)
|Table of annual crossing traffic counts with various tolls|
The fairest way to raise funding is through a user fee. This also scales up and generates the right scale of funds. (It's much more difficult to generate the right amount of funding through property taxes, gas taxes, or licensing fees.)
|Tolls are "fairest"; gas tax and licensing fees|
don't generate enough funds
It's a true dilemma.
Maybe this will push desperate bridge apologists towards the other three elements of property taxes, gas taxes, and licensing fees. It would be interesting to see a funding plan that goes this way.
But surely in that case, the land-use approvals for a bridge outside the urban growth boundary would be impossible - because there's a clear solution inside the urban growth boundary: Just add tolls.
(At the same time, little in this process has gone the way of logic or facts, so it would not be wise to place too much trust in the implications and consequences of a logical dilemma: Politicians, not logicians, rule the roost here!)