Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Could it come to this?

An Alternative to Congestion Pricing: Roadway Traffic Restraint
Yonah Freemark
October 6th, 2010

When it comes to transportation economists, there’s pretty much one answer to every problem: Equate pricing of all modes with their greater societal impacts. In general, this means that we (in the U.S.) ought to be charging drivers more to make up for the negative effects they have on the environment and the roadway infrastructure, and that we ought to be increasing subsidies to encourage people to take transit.

This approach could be implemented in a variety of ways depending on location, but one model that has been particularly appealing to planners interested in reducing the perceived negative economic and social effects of traffic has been that of London, which in 2003 implemented a congestion charge on drivers entering its central business district. Revenues from the program went to increasing transit service. The method, unsurprisingly, has been a major success in terms of reducing traffic: Between 2002 and 2007, overall car movements in the district decreased by 39%. Meanwhile, travel on public transportation increased correspondingly over the same time period: By 24% on commuter railways, 16% on the Underground, and 18% on buses.

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2 comments:

Vincent said...

Indiana could start with using founds from the Hoosier Lottery to support public transit rather than promoting excessive car ownership with subsides for automobile licensing.

fwbikecommuter said...

Vince,
Thanks for reading.
Great idea. Send your congress-person the link.
I hope that you and your lovely wife are well and tell her that we say hello.
FWBC