The U.S. government is sending contradictory messages to the American
public about driving to work, according to a New York Times story. A
federal tax break supports people driving, allowing up to $215 a month
in pre-tax dollars to go toward parking at work. But earlier this week
the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $848 million in grants
that seek to dissuade people from driving in five major cities.
According to the article, Jeffrey M. Zupan, a senior fellow for
transportation at the Regional Plan Association in New York, said: "It
is perverse. If you’re going to institute pricing measures that are
intended to reduce the amount of driving, you don’t want to keep in
place other measures that encourage people to drive. What you want is a
set of policies that work together.”
What can be done about this illogical setup?