A Tax on Driving into DC?
A few blogs have been buzzing about the possibility of a congestion tax in DC. New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently proposed a congestion tax as part of his Earth Day proposals to help green the city and cut down on traffic. DC's Mayor Adrian Fenty is a big fan of Bloomberg, and is reportedly thinking of something similar for DC. A similar congestion charge in London has already been successful in cutting traffic and reducing travel times.
Here are some basic arguments for and against a congestion tax:
PRO -- Reduce traffic at peak times, raise revenue for transportation needs, cut air pollutants (DC is a nonattainment area for ground-level ozone and fine particulates)
CON -- Fairness issues: The tax would hit low-income drivers the hardest, while high-income drivers would be able to enjoy the reduced traffic. And why only tax drivers in certain parts of the city? Workers don't control where their offices are located.