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IPCC finds taxes, regulations mix most effective for vehicle emissions reductions

By Chet Edelman According to the recent report released by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a mere 1.5 degree Celsius rise in mean global temperature will unleash climate devastation on a unprecedented scale. The report stresses that avoiding the worst effects of climate change

Massachusetts looks towards carbon pricing to reduce GHG emissions

By Bill Holloway Last month Massachusetts released a study investigating how the commonwealth could implement a revenue-neutral carbon fee or tax to support the state’s GHG reduction goals. Massachusetts’ Department of Energy Resources requested that the researchers develop a system that

Commuter tax benefits: Who wins and loses?

By Bill Holloway A new report from TransitCenter shines a light on the federal Commuter Tax Benefits program and the impact the program has on mode choice. The federal program allows employees to avoid paying taxes on certain bicycle, car, and transit commuting benefits provided by their

Oregon leads the way in addressing transportation funding challenges

By Chris Spahr It is not news that the Highway Trust Fund will run out of money by the end of August unless Congress takes action. The main problem is that the gas tax that feeds the Trust Fund is no longer an effective form of revenue. The reasons are numerous: There has been no increase in the

Portland considering new parking lot tax to spur development

By Bill Holloway Portland is considering a new tax on surface parking lots to spur development in the Old Town Chinatown neighborhood. John Russell, a Portland developer who owns buildings in the neighborhood and is pushing for the tax, claims that his planned restoration of a nineteenth century

States push for tolls to fund transportation; public opinion mixed

By Chris McCahill As states struggle to fill budget gaps left by declining fuel tax revenues, many are turning increasingly to tolls. As reported recently by Stateline, a Pew news service, lower rates of driving and weak revenues from new toll-managed highways have pushed many states to consider

VMT fees, per-mile insurance make headway

By Robbie Webber Although several states have considered VMT fees as an alternative to the gas tax, none have yet instituted them. But recent news articles show that interest is still high, and some states may be inching toward this model. Insurance billed on a per-mile basis is also beginning to

Pre-tax transit benefits return to parity with parking in 2013

By Bill Holloway The fiscal cliff deal signed by President Obama on January 2nd will make it cheaper to use transit in 2013 for many workers. The deal includes a provision raising the maximum monthly pre-tax benefit that employers can offer their employees for using transit, from the current $125