One other way city and state politicians could help folks keep more of their take-home pay by making it easier not to own a car is by making it cheaper and easier to rent cars and rides for-hire.
When I moved to Philadelphia a couple months ago, my wife and I decided to ditch our car and use Zipcar’s car-share program rather than deal with the insane curb parking situation in our new neighborhood.
The car we had was registered in Bethlehem, PA and to get a Philly residential parking permit, your car needs to be registered to your Philadelphia address. (Read Michael Noda on why this policy is mistaken.)
If you don’t have a parking permit, then you need to hunt for scarce parking spaces on the few remaining blocks that have not yet elected to ask the city for parking demand management (yes, that’s actually how it works), and thus feature free curb parking for unlimited amounts of time. During the month that we had our car here, this was maddening. These spaces are very hard to find, so I’d have to circle around forever trying to locate one. And I know I was imposing some pain on the car owners who live on those blocks too, because when I finally found a space, I would leave my car there for days depriving others of a parking space close to home or other destinations.