Two Oil Guzzling Albatrosses for the Price of One?

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Detroit’s customer incentives have had an air of desperation for a while. With Big Three bankruptcy looking more likely every day, some dealers — like this one in Pembroke Pines, Florida — are venturing into liquidation sale territory (and then some).

You read that right: Two Dodge Rams for the price of one. Tow the second one off the lot. Everything must go!

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The growth of L.A. County parking, currently 14 percent of county land. Image via Access magazine.

Parking Is Engulfing L.A.

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When it comes to parking, rational people quickly become emotional, and staunch conservatives turn into ardent communists. Critical and analytic faculties seem to shift to a lower level when people think about parking. Some people strongly support market prices—except for parking. Some vehemently oppose subsidies—except for parking.

For Metrolink It’s a 6% Fare Hike vs. Major Service Cuts

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This was one of four cars on an Orange County Line run leaving Los Angeles Union Station to Orange County and Oceanside. It gets busier in Orange County.  Photo and description: LA Wad/Flickr Two weeks ago, I celebrated that the Metrolink Board agreed to "look into other options" rather than raise fares by 6%. Maybe […]

Some Thoughts On Metro’s Modest New Parking Policy Proposal

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At this Thursday’s meeting, Metro’s Board of Directors will be voting on modest changes to the way the agency manages parking. Theoretically, these changes are expected to set the stage for increased parking revenue, which has positives for walkability and livability, but the devil may be in the details. According to the staff presentation [PDF], Metro currently […]

Much Ado About Nothing? New State Rules for “Pay-As-You-Drive” Insurance (Updated at 4:07 P.M. Below)

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I’m guessing his car insurance would be higher than mine. Photo: Clubjuggler/Flickr Last week, State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced that his commission adopted new rules allowing and encouraging auto insurance companies to create "pay as you drive" (PAYD) insurance policies. PAYD policies, which charge drivers per mile driven for their insurance, provide another financial […]