Employer-paid parking is an invitation to drive to work alone. Thus, it increases traffic congestion, air pollution, and energy consumption. To deal with the problems created by employer-paid parking, this study proposes a minor technical change in the Internal Revenue Code. The proposal is that employers who subsidize employee parking should be required to offer employees the option to take a taxable cash travel allowance equal to the fair market value of the parking subsidy. Case studies and a statistical model suggest that offering employees the option to cash out their parking subsidies could reduce solo driving to work by 20 percent, reduce automobile travel to work by 76 billion miles per year, save 4.5 billion gallons of gasoline per year, eliminate 40 million metric tons of carbon monoxide emissions per year, and increase tax revenues by $1.2 billion per year. These objectives would be accompanied by offering commuters the option to take taxable cash in lieu of free parking space.


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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 141 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00673883
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCTC No. 140
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 24 1995 12:00AM