Basel, Switzerland and a number of other cities have a hospitality tax that is paid on any overnight stay at a hotel, motel, short term rental, etc. Each guest receives a pass that gives unlimited access to public transit options for the time of the stay. This increases ridership, promotes sustainable methods of getting around, keeps car off the roads (especially ones with people who don't know their way around), and it helps subsidize the public transit networks for those who live here full-time.

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Brent G 10 months ago

Including short term rentals seems odd since they're more diverse in location and more likely to not even be near the public transit options. But something like this for downtown hotels that actually funds a more robust public transit system would be a nice idea.

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John Bowers 7 months ago

this is very interesting, not sure where/how this would work for us, but I like it... keep ideas like this coming lol. Is this something that would be in agreement with hotels downtown or something like that? How is this implemented?

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Gregory Combs 5 months ago

Each guest receives a pass that gives unlimited access to public transit options for the time of the stay http://www.vigpower-capsule.web.id/obat-sakit-pinggang-di-apotik/

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Awesome idea..does the city even take good ideas anymore?

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Laura Swarbrick 4 months ago

Katrina, I'd like to hear more about why this is needed, and I'm also puzzled as to why this comment is showing up under comments about hospitality tax. In general this sounds good.

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Manu Koenig 4 months ago

Mirrabos is spamming - neither his comment nor his link contains any reference to the subject matter.

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Manu Koenig 4 months ago

Trey, interesting idea. Can you get a copy of the Basel law? - How do visitors obtain their pass? I suppose it could be online, possibly redeemed with a receipt from hotel/airbnb. Alternatively at a visitor kiosk. (There's a program related cost to managing this). - Presumably this would be in addition to any existing TOT tax. - One counter-argument, visitors already subsidize public transit and cabs with their customer dollars/ regular ticket fares, having a government program that forces them to pay for transit just creates bureaucracy. If the City just strives to make public transit so convenient/frequent as to be the natural choice then visitors will buy tickets. The TOT can always be increased with earmarks for transit - leaving out the "program" part.

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Trey Farmer 4 months ago

Manu, I have not tried to get a copy (and my German and French are terrible). Visitors obtain the passes as part of the check in process. You get your hotel room key and a ticket that gets you on the bus/train system for the duration of your stay. I have only seen it from the tourist side and it worked really well - no idea about the back of house organization... I am totally with you that frequency and convenience of routes are paramount to a successful transit system and would naturally make visitors more likely to use it. Still, there is already a hotel tax that goes to the creative arts programs and some other programs so adding a few dollars would likely not be noticed on the bill. The main benefits of this model are that they increase ridership - making public transit something that is used by all and not just those that can't afford a car (increasing the cool factor), and it brings a steady stream of money to the system. It may not work for AirBnB style rentals, but I think it would be feasible for hotel guests in the CBD.

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