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Congestion Charging, Six Months In

I've blogged before about London's congestion charging scheme (here and here).


Now the Economist is out with a six-month update, and the news is good:

Six months after the introduction of London's 5-a-day congestion charge, it has worked better than the mayor, Ken Livingstone, or almost anyone else, expected. Traffic delays are down by a third, while average speeds in the charging zone have increased by nearly 40%. With the critics in retreat, few doubt the mayor's re-election in a year's time. William Hill, a bookmaker, offers odds of 3-1 on. Most of the 100,000 drivers who pay the charge daily are satisfied. Nearly three-quarters of Londoners say it is proving effective.
There are problems, notably a loss of revenue because so many people are choosing not to drive into the congestion charge area. But overall, the scheme is so successful that an expansion of the zone seems likely.

Isn't it time for major US cities to consider such a scheme? What would the obvious candidates be? Cities with highly dense urban cores and severe traffic problems... New York? Washington?


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