Congestion Charging Catching On

As London's congestion charging scheme celebrates it's first year success, cities around the world are contemplating the concept.
February 17, 2004, 6am PST | Zvi Leve
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The apparant success of London's congestion charging scheme has given politicians around the world the confidence to start discussing road-pricing schemes for their own cities. Edinburgh and Cardiff in the UK are set to introduce a charge within two years, Stockholm will start a pilot program next year, Barcelona and Milan have also shown interest in the idea. In North America, San Francisco is openly talking about a congestion charge to complement existing tolls, and the twin cities of Minneapolis St Paul are working on a very comprehensive program to price all main roads and freeways. There is still need for caution: New York's plans have met wider political opposition and London's scheme may have been too succesful - congestion is way down, but so too are revenues.

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Published on Sunday, February 15, 2004 in The Guardian Unlimited
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