I agree the town center concept is a good idea, and seems to be having some success. When the town center includes a full array of jobs, short commutes are possible. But more often town center is about retail meaning that long commutes to jobs are still necessary. We hope that changes. Otherwise, those town centers need to be connected by mass transit.New York city is on record with its method of keeping subway fares affordable. Manhattan is an island. Nearly all access bridges are toll bridges. Tolls subsidize subways.London also has a congestion tax. To drive downtown, you must pay a fee. They scan license plates to see who should pay, and fine those who fail to pay. This is another way of collecting funds that can be used to subsidize mass transit.Both methods penalize driving your own car and encourage use of mass transit.
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