Faring Well

Wealthier transit riders demand more expensive rail services and commute at peak hours; the poor commute using all modes, at all hours. Eric A. Morris argues that the MTA's new policy of off-peak pricing would help even out the inequity.
November 16, 2009, 9am PST | franny.ritchie
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"In pretty much every respect, the trips of the wealthier impose heavier costs on the system than the trips of the poor."

"This is why it was with considerable happiness that Professor Brian Taylor and I read this article announcing that the New York MTA is considering cutting fares during off-peak times. "

"This policy would be progressive in that it would benefit poorer riders who disproportionately travel at off-peak times. It would also be equitable in that it would reflect the lower costs those riders impose on the system."

Thanks to Franny Ritchie

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Published on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 in NYTimes: Freakonomics Blog
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