An Alternative for the MTA?
March 25th, 2009

Now that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has approved large fare hikes and sweeping service cuts, a question: Why did City Comptroller William Thompson’s proposal to place a surcharge on auto registration fees in the counties served by the MTA vanish without a trace?

The size of the fee would have been pegged to the weight of the vehicle in question, so Thompson said at the time, the “plan has the potential to generate annual revenue of about $1 billion, while encouraging the use of smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.”

We’re not presenting this as the solution but we do wonder why no one ever seemed to consider the idea seriously. (It is getting some discussion on Facebook today.)

By on March 25, 2009, 2:51 pm
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2 Responses to “An Alternative for the MTA?”

  1. zz Says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    It did not get considered because besides MTA, local and state governments are also starving for funds to support basic infrastructure maintenance and improvement. If motor fuel and motor vehicle taxes increase, they would want to see those funds dedicated for road and highway purposes.

  2. Benjamin Kabak Says:
    March 29th, 2009 at 12:56 am

    I considered it and hosted a healthy discussion on it. Outside of my little corner of the Internet, the plan went nowhere.

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