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Scott Beyer

Scott Beyer

August 10, 2020

Improving Transit Competition Through "Curb Rights"

I’m so much of an advocate for free-market policy, I even think it should apply to city curb space.

Somebody not rooted in the urban planning world might ask: how possibly could cities do that? Especially considering that curb space is government property?

Market use of curb space is at the root of smart transport policy. It’s hard to have functioning private buses—much less the bike-share, scooter-share, or moped-share I often call for in this column—without letting urban right-of-way respond to consumer demand and price information. There’s existing literature on how that can be done, namely the 1997 market urbanist classic Curb Rights: A Foundation for Free Enterprise in Urban Transit.

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