San Francisco Eyes Stockholm, Congestion Pricing Success

San Francisco's Transportation Authority director views the initial results of Stockholm's congestion pricing as a good omen for his city's plan to implement a similar program.
March 7, 2006, 2pm PST | Irvin Dawid
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"Since being implemented on Jan. 6, downtown traffic in Sweden's capital has plunged 25 percent and transit usage has increased by about 40,000 riders per day, dramatically decreasing rush-hour travel times, data released today shows.

'It's fabulous,' said San Francisco County Transportation Authority Executive Director Jose Luis Moscovich, who hopes a similar system might be implemented in The City. The transit authority in January won a $1 million federal grant and has contributed another $200,000 toward studying the feasibility of so-called congestion pricing over an 18-month period."

"The idea is to put [the money from the fees] right back into public transportation," Moscovich said. "If we make it more expensive to take a car then we have to provide [people] other choices, or else we're imposing a hardship and we don't want to do that."

"Installing the Stockholm system, with a population of about 1.2 million in the metropolitan area, cost the equivalent of about $454 million, and included transit improvements of 12 new express bus lines, expanded service for nearly 20 other bus lines and about 1,800 new park-and-ride lots, said Todd Appel, of IBM business consulting services."

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Published on Monday, March 6, 2006 in San Francisco Examiner
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