London and Singapore have each successfully implemented congestion pricing, a system that charges cars a toll as they enter designated zones around the city. In addition to decreasing traffic in the city center, GHG emissions go down and public transit use increases. London even reported $197 million in revenue.
That same scenario does not play out in the U.S, says Joe Peach of Next American City:
"New York city has twice thrown out plans for a congestion charge, and San Francisco is waiting until 2015 to begin its trial period. When the most enthusiastic response involves waiting four years, you know it's not good news."