So, the entire state has 1.05 drivers per car. The city has 1.71 drivers per car. In other words, the number of drivers per car is higher in the city than in the state average.
Right, in NYC, a city that has developed mass transit. However, NYC is the exception - not the rule - when looking at how people commute in large American cities.
People are confusing two separate discussions.
One is about regulating car traffic within cities. This is what the OP is discussing.
The other is about regulating car traffic between cities. This is what you seem to be discussing.
The laws that cities make to curb car use have no effect on rural people. Because rural people do not live in cities.
The laws cities make, no - but when people start tossing around the notion that Federal law needs to get involved, that changes the debate. Were you not hinting to such when you said, "perhaps one day, the taxes will be high enough that they actually pay for oil and transportation infrastructure."