taltenberg wrote:It seems to me that the number of vehicles is a bigger issue than the number of actual people. Therefore, what about this as another solution to the ticketing dilemma:
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[*]With this system, there could then be limits placed on each category of tickets, perhaps something like: 30,000 person-only, 15,000 regular vehicles and 15,000 large vehicles. This would allow 60,000 people but only 30,000 vehicles. (These numbers are random guesses, basically. I wonder of BM folks have data on numbers of vehicles in past years, along with total population. Assuming there is some such data, then numbers could be based on it.)
[*]Such a system would encourage carpooling, and might even create a market for a shuttle system from Reno or Wadsworth or Gerlach. What if hundreds or thousands of people drove to Gerlach, then transferred their gear to shuttle buses (flatbed/bread trucks) and got shuttled in... People/groups (maybe the school) could make money providing parking and a shuttle service, and the playa and BRC would have fewer cars. (And of course, the further away the shuttles start (Reno, Sacramento...), the bigger the reduction of carbon footprint...) Perhaps the Exodus can include a "carpool" lane and/or a shuttle lane...[/list]
Just a few ideas toward making BRC more liveable, and allow it to grow... Thanks to John Govsky for this idea; he and I discussed it over coffee...
I like the idea, but I think your numbers are a bit off and can be even better. Given the number of RVs out there and the make-up of the vehicles in the gate line, I would guess that there are less than 30,000 vehicles out there already. (You rarely see less than 2 people in a vehicle, so at 2 people to a vehicle, you would already have less than 30,000 vehicles. The real rate is better than that - I would guess an average of over 3 per vehicle.) If the bmorg was very strict about carpooling, I bet they could get the number down well below 20,000.
They could set up park and ride lots in Reno/airport and Winnemucca or Elko, and create a big incentive for people to meet up with larger vehicles/trailers who can take in the people and their loads from smaller vehicles - try to minimize the number of small 1 & 2-passenger vehicles that drive out to the playa. Another type of incentive could be "car entry" fees (basically, a fancy parking fee) that would charge less per head for entry, the more people that are in the vehicle, the less they pay. Of course, it would be nice if ticket prices were also reduced to compensate for the new entry fee, so that it does not just become a new tax, but rather a real incentive on your overall ticket/entry price.
Some people have questioned whether it is really the road size that is causing such a headache. After seeing years of entry and exodus while driving my ass in and out, I believe that the road space is the major problem. IMHO it would be worth it to reduce the number of vehicles that get on to the playa.