I want to bring two items from the Washington Post to your attention—an article on traffic on Washington-area roads, and an editorial supporting our proposal to auction airline takeoff slots at New York City’s congested airports.
Today’s Post features a front page story on the cost of congestion to the Washington, DC region. The article explains very well the negative effects congestion has not only on quality of life, but on local businesses as well. Our proposal to refocus, reform and renew the nation’s surface transportation system would give communities like Washington the flexibility and resources they need to battle the kind of congestion so vividly described in this article. You can read more about the proposal here.
And this weekend, the Post editorialized in favor of our plan to auction peak takeoff slots in New York airports. Our proposal will keep airfares competitive and service robust at these three busy, and capped, airports by giving airlines a chance to enter the market or expand their current operations. Indeed, in markets like Philadelphia where new airlines have entered the market, the average fare dropped by 25 percent in less than one year. The Post wrote our plan is a “good idea,” and agreed that a preferred takeoff slot is a “commodity that belongs to you, the taxpayer,” and that “airlines should no longer get it free.”
The story and the editorial give further credence to our argument that the way we pay for transportation is at least as important as how much we pay. We can choose to pay for our transportation systems through wasted time, unreliability, pollution, higher taxes and ineffective spending strategies, or we can choose to pay directly and transparently. The latter will usher in a new era of high speed, high tech and clean mobility, while the former will simply produce more economic loss and a declining quality of life.