Exit133 is about Tacoma

It’s Amazing How Many More Commuters Would Drive Less if They Didn’t Get Free Parking

A recent study of commuter patterns found a negative correlation between employer-provided commuter benefits packages and employees choosing to get to and from work via public transportation or other alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles - when those packages include free parking.

An Atlantic City summary of the research concludes that "incentives to ride transit aren't enough to shift commuter preferences on their own. If cities want real change, they need to create disincentives to drive or park, too."

The study was conducted in Washington DC, a city with a more robust transit system than Tacoma, but also, potentially, a different relationship with other alternative modes of transportation like biking and walking.

What would the study look like if conducted in Tacoma?

Read more at The Atlantic CityLab


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