Free Market for
A plan to eliminate welfare for
and increase efficiency of all transportation
The Modern Transit
- Increases the automobile capacity of roads. Freeways will
carry twice as many cars at 40 mph than at 10 mph (stop-and-go),
and it will take 1/4 the travel time.
- Completely eliminates the daily stop-and-go traffic on
- Greatly reduces traffic congestion on all roads.
- Reduces air pollution.
- Costs nothing. Actually produces revenue by giving motorists
the option of paying money rather than wasting time in
- Makes public transit much more efficient by taking advantage
of its small incremental cost.
- Enhances the local economy by increasing efficiency of land
- Makes unnecessary deliberate automobile inefficiencies used to
discourage automobiles traffic (e.g., 4-way stop signs, freeway
ramp metering, traffic barricades) without encouraging greater
- Alleviates need for more road construction by permanently
- Meets concerns of all groups (other than those in the business
of automobiles, trucks or highway/road construction).
- "High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV)" lanes (also called carpool
lanes) become obsolete, thus allowing all vehicles to use HOV
- Reduces sales tax, property tax, and income tax.
The root cause of difficulties for transit
is the lack of a free-market for competing transportation. Returning
to fundamental free market principles is the most effective way of
helping transit. There are beneficial side effects, including cleaner
air, less noise, and a safer city.
The Free Market for Transportation Plan is published by the
Modern Transit Society (MTS). First
published on March 22, 1990 in tabloid newsprint, it was updated and formatted
for the internet in December, 1998. Minor updates followed with current events.
The principle author is Akos Szoboszlay, (then Vice-President of
MTS, now President). Major contributors are Mike Bullock (Director),
Stanley Hart, and Al Spivak, P.E. (then President).
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