Fixing Chicago's Traffic Gridlock: Reason's Adrian Moore and Sam Staley

Earlier this year, the Reason Foundation's Adrian Moore and Sam Staley, in partnership with The Union League Club of Chicago Public Affairs and its Transportation Subcommittee, outlined a market-based plan to improve Chicago's traffic woes. Through a combination of user fees, innovative financing, and state-of-the-art electronic tolling, the pair found Chicagoans could greatly reduce the hours they currently spend in traffic without raising taxes.

Moore and Staley presented their finding during a July 19, 2012 forum.

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  • Tulpa Doom||

    How bout them Browns.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Through a combination of user fees, innovative financing, and state-of-the-art electronic tolling, the pair found Chicagoans could greatly reduce the hours they currently spend in traffic without raising taxes.

    Innovative financing? Sounds like some Chi-town officials would get the chance to wet their beaks a little.

    And reason has no place to yap about transparency when they hide their market-based plan in their admin pages.

  • Tulpa Doom||

    The Reason Foundation has a hard-on for all things Chicago for some reason. Reading the way they blew smoke up Mayor Daley's fundament for being a "privatizer" makes me sick.

    Maybe their non-support support of BO during the campaign was just a spillover effect.

  • SIV||

    Chi-town is a very cosmopolitan kinda place.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Maybe their non-support support of BO during the campaign

    Are you STILL crying over the election? Dry the fuck up already.

  • ||

    "Through a combination of user fees, innovative financing, and state-of-the-art electronic tolling, the pair found Chicagoans could greatly reduce the hours they currently spend in traffic without raising taxes."

    I am guessing that if you take someones money every time they leave their home, they will leave home less. So their plan is to tax ( dont jerk me off by trying to convince me that user fees, tolls, and the vague term 'innovative financing' dont mean taxes ) people into staying off of the road. Just peachy.

  • Tulpa Doom||

    User fees are actually a better kind of "tax", since they come closest to emulating a market mechanism.

    Of course, it's unlikely that Chicago is going to lower its income/sales/sin taxes as a result of all this extra revenue.

  • ||

    "User fees are actually a better kind of "tax"..."

    A less stinky turd.

  • The Derider||

    Perfect is the enemy of good.

  • Tulpa Doom||

    Turds are an unavoidable part of our existence. We can shun all of them and leave ourselves at the mercy of fate, or we can embrace the less stinky ones.

  • The Derider||

    Do you doubt that if all roads were privately owned, their owners would charge fees for access?

    If anything, the monopolist that owned the area where your driveway met the street would charge you more than what the Government does.

  • Tulpa Doom||

    People tend to capitalize that which they worship.

  • The Derider||

    Atheists tend to Capitalize whatever the Fuck We Want.

  • Sevo||

    The Derider| 11.25.12 @ 6:29PM |#
    "Atheists..."

    Well, deidiot, worshiping the gov't sort of makes you a bleever, like it or not.

  • Restoras||

    Mindless troll is mindless while sucking statist cock.

  • ||

    My gripe is that they squander much of the money they are already getting. Now they want more. Always more. Not more to build better roads, but more to encourage people to stay off of the roads. I presume they will squander that as well.

  • Lewisite||

    ^THIS^

    If there was even an inkling of hope that the extra (extorted) revenue would do anything remotely beneficial to their society at large, that might just be the lesser of two evils, but...it will be pissed away like always (pension obligations/public sector pay raises/assorted cronyism/pet projects). In another year or two, they'll be back, cap (and gun) in hand, looking to squeeze their populace again for MOAR! (can I get a 'Fuck you...cut spending?')

    "Sometimes more isn’t better...it’s just more."

  • Cytotoxic||

    That's a shallow view. It is better they get more this way than other ways. The fee way can be privatized.

  • Lewisite||

    "That's a shallow view. It is better they get more this way than other ways. The fee way can be privatized."

    Yeah....Converting systematic extortion into corporate cronyism is something to look forward, and a win/win for all involved.

  • ||

    Corporate Cronyism is having very mixed results in UKR. They don't appear it like it too much, judging by the recent Parliamentary election results.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    User fees are actually a better kind of "tax", since they come closest to emulating a market mechanism.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Fucking tags.

    If gasoline taxes are used for highway, bridge, and tunnel maintenance, fine.

    If they are diverted to nonsense like home insulation boondoggles, new flagpoles for schools, and space exploration, that's not so good.

  • np||

    Yeah, while a fee for service is more ideal, most proposals just involve tacking on more fees/taxes instead of replacing existing expenditure with a pay-for-what-you-use market system.

  • SIV||

    This is known as "Robert Poole-ism". It is the predominant ideology of the Reason Foundation.

  • Chris Mallory||

    Don't forget all the gas tax money wasted on public transportation and bike trails.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    their non-support support of BO during the campaign

    Still got that sand in your vagina, I see.

  • ||

    It's a terminal case.

  • sarcasmic||

    Fuck Chicago.

  • ||

    I will second that.

  • mr lizard||

    Why do people insist on staying there? I mean I can kinda understand NYC. But the deep dish pizza alone makes my scales crawl.

  • ||

    I was just thinking that I have never had trouble getting around in chicago traffic. Not once. Ever.

  • Lord Humungus||

    You know who else wanted to fix gridlock?

  • Lewisite||

    The Khmer Rouge?

  • C. Anacreon||

    Filibuster haters?

  • Lewisite||

    Ex-Lax?

  • juris imprudent||

    WD-40?

  • Restoras||

    Well, the early 20th Century Progressives worshiped the fascists of Europe because they made the darn trainz! run on time, doncha know so I can only presume that our own modern variety progressive/fascists/statist cocksuckers would like to fix the road congestion in emulation of Mussolini, Hitler, etc.

  • Tulpa Doom||

    The high-speed tolling on the Tristate is pretty cool. Luckily I'm coming from an EZPass state so I'm eligible for it the 1-2 times a year I go through there.

  • Tulpa Doom||

    Let me be clear: Don't mess with the manatees.

    A witness snapped photos of Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, now 53, mounting a manatee on Sept. 30 and alerted authorities.

    Gutierrez turned herself in to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in Florida shortly after authorities released pictures of her riding the marine mammal, which is protected under The Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act.

    "[Gutierrez explained] she is new to the area and did not realize it was against the law to touch or harass manatees," the sheriff's office said in a statement at the time.
  • ||

    I have petted manatees many times. They love it. They will press themselves against your scratching just like a dog does. If they are really interested in being petted they can be very insistent and aside from obliging them there isnt much you can do about it.

  • Tulpa Doom||

    They sound like my ex-girlfriend.

  • Sevo||

    I hope your ex doesn't look like...
    The hell with it...

  • Tulpa Doom||

    I'm not talking about Rather, it's the one before her.

  • Sevo||

    OT:
    Lefty 'newspaper' wonders why rare earths are not available from US sources, ignores regulatory shut down of US mines:
    http://www.sfgate.com/rare-earth/
    Oh, and obligatory 'Yellow Peril' references...

  • Restoras||

    Really, isn't it high time to kick CA out of the union?

  • ||

    why rare earths are not available from US sources

    Gee, I wonder:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV4qWGQi6PU

  • Tulpa Doom||

    I don't see what the big deal is. If they were easy to get, they would be common earths.

  • Lewisite||

    From what I have read on it, rare earths are not particularly rare, the United States, Australia, India, and others have sufficient quantities of these minerals. Cost of labor, regulations, and feasibility have curtailed most mining for these minerals outside of China, who can produce the minerals at a very competitive (distorted) price. The Chinese have started to restrict the supply for various geopolitical/strategic reasons, so.... other countries are starting to re-open old mines, and dig new ones to offset the supply/demand gap.

  • Sevo||

    "From what I have read on it, rare earths are not particularly rare"
    I'd agree; they are rare simply as a result of government policy. And, yes, once the price rises, they will become less rare outside of China.
    The lefty newspaper, OTOH, is trying to make a 'yellow peril' issue of what is simply government stupidity.

  • Tulpa Doom||

    That was actually supposed to be a joke...IIRC they're called "rare earths" because of the fact that they tend to be scattered about in the rocks they are found in, rather than concentrated in ores like other metals. qv definition #3 here.

  • Lewisite||

    You ruined it. This is why we can't have nice things.

  • Sevo||

    I got the 'common earths' joke; I was responding to Lewisite's comment.
    Did you get my joke that they are rare because of gov't regs?
    Just checking to make sure I don't need a 2X4 to get your attention...

  • Ted S.||

    Wouldn't it be easier to nuke Chicago from orbit and start over? I mean, think of the stimulus involved!

  • Sevo||

    Too late; Obozo's already in DC...

  • Tulpa Doom||

    Does that mean Biden is Cookie?

  • C. Anacreon||

    Nuking Chicago would be sort of a Grand Prize Game, bucket #6 if you will.

  • ||

    Morning Anacreon! And yes, Chi-Town must be obliterated, being the wretched hive of scum and villainy that it is. Deep dish alleged pizza is an abomination!

  • Ted S.||

    Biden is Dagwood Bumstead's daughter?

  • Belgian||

    Seems like if we give it another decade or two of Blue rule, the gridlock in Chicago will sort itself out just it has in Detroit and is in the process of doing in California.

  • Sevo||

    Did you know CA politicos have to take a *5%* pay cut? The horror! Moonbeam and that sleazy Harris (Willy Brown's ex) will have to give up 5% of the take home, giving up nothing of benies, both now and retirement:
    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/.....063971.php
    I'll work hard to come up with some shit. Ooops: syphilis. Ooops, there's something in between those two...
    And both deserve both...

  • waaminn||

    Sounds like the dude has some good ideas!

    www.Tru-Anon.tk

  • شات عراقنا||

    very nice

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