Among his proposals: taxing parking lots and garages through a system he calls "carbon impact parking assessment." Here's how it would work.
Aloisi envisions the tax being levied on nonresidential parking lots and garages of more than 20 spaces within the MBTA district. The tax could be part of a new system of Transit Improvement Districts -- targeted areas within a community that depend on public transportation for success.
Revenue from the parking tax would provide a steady stream of funding that could then be invested in the public transportation system as well as bicycle and pedestrian pathway improvements.
Aloisi says he isn't aware of any jurisdiction that uses such a system, but it's similar to the idea of tax incremental financing, in which increased property tax revenue that results from development in a given area are then re-invested in the same place.It would sure be a simple and effective way to reduce rail-bound traffic along the Silver Line.
Aloisi says the plan would mitigate the environmental impact of automobiles while providing funding for other modes of transportation and ensuring that funding remains locally controlled.
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