The Lasting Impact of Stockholm’s “Congestion Tax”

Effects of congestion charging increase over time (1 page pdf, Science for Environment Policy, European Commission News Alert, Sep. 6, 2012)

Also discussed here: Stockholm congestion pricing has had long term effects on traffic levels (Roadpricing, Sep. 26, 2012)

Today we review a news report from the European Commission on the lasting impact of congestion charging in Stockholm which started as a pilot in 2005 after the success of the London implementation in 2003 and then confirmed it by a slim majority by a referendum. Not only was the scheme effective but the public approval rating of it almost doubled, due partly to the benefits to mobility areas outside the charging zone accomplished from the revenue produced. Another notable point is that the fear of traffic flooding streets and roads outside of the charging zone are unfounded.

To see Key Quotes and Links to key reports about this post, click HERE


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