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UCLA study: To fairly implement a road congestion tax, give poor people cash

As bureaucrats eye implementing road congestion taxes, a group of scholars has looked at how to put such policies in place while also being fair and equitable to poor people.

Their preferred solution: give low-income households cash assistance.

requires payment to use certain roads to address environmental concerns. This, theoretically, forces people to use other means of transportation, such as carpools or mass transit, thus reducing the number of cars on the road.

But the concern is only middle-class and wealthier families could afford to use such pay-to-drive roads.

The UCLA report, “Guardrails on Priced Lanes: Protecting Equity While Promoting Efficiency,” suggests cash payments to the poorest 13 percent of drivers to be fair and equitable.

The three scholars who authored the report recommend pricing freeway lanes according to demand, and using a portion of the toll revenue “to assist the low-income people who those prices

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