Decongestion Fee System


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​One of the most innovative and effective solutions for alleviating traffic is the option to pay for gridlock-free roadways within a designated area, at certain times of the day when congestion is at its worst. In some of the most congested cities in the world, including London, Stockholm, and Milan, adding a decongestion fee system during peak hours has dramatically increased mobility, as well as improved public health and reduced traffic collisions. Fees collected are reinvested in transit options and safer streets.

Read about decongestion fee systems being proposed and implemented around the world:

Apr 25, 2018 - Seattle Asks: Can Congestion Pricing Be Equitable?, Next City

Apr 25, 2018 - Cars Are Ruining Our Cities, The New York Times

Apr 21, 2018 - Hate Traffic? Learn to Love Congestion Pricing., Reason

Apr 13, 2018 - Ideal of Congestion Pricing Faces Real-Life Roadblocks in Seattle, The Seattle Times

Apr 11, 2018 - London's Congestion Charge Is Showing Its Age, CityLab

Apr 09, 2018 - Congestion Pricing Plan for Manhattan Ran Into Politics. Politics Won., The New York Times

Apr 05, 2018 - Is Seattle Ready to Consider Widespread Tolling to Ease Traffic Congestion?, The Seattle Times

Mar 31, 2018 - Congestion Pricing Falters in New York, Again, The New York Times

Mar 23, 2018 - You Want Congestion Pricing? Be Specific., CityLab

Mar 22, 2018 - Congestion Pricing Benefits Everyone, TransitCenter

Mar 21, 2018 - Is Your E-ZPass the Key to Congestion Pricing?, The New York Times

Mar 13, 2018 - Congestion Pricing Can Improve Traffic, Fund Transit, Save Lives, StreetsBlog SF

Mar 13, 2018 - State Bill to Create Pilot Programs for Congestion Pricing in CA Could Mean ‘Go Zones’ are Coming to a City Near You, KPCC

Mar 11, 2018 - Congestion Pricing Revival: State Bill Would Allow SF to Charge Cars for Downtown Entry, San Francisco Examiner

Mar 07, 2018 - A New Report Shows Highway Widening Won't Solve Portland's Congestion Woes, The Portland Mercury

Mar 02, 2018 - London Congestion Charge: Why It’s Time to Reconsider One of the City’s Great Successes, The Conversation

Mar 01, 2018 - A Chance to Transform Urban Planning, The Economist

Feb 26, 2018 - 3 Far-Flung Cities Offer Clues to Unsnarling Manhattan’s Streets, The New York Times

Feb 13, 2018 - Could Paying People Not to Drive Help Reduce Congestion?, The Source​​​​

Feb 07, 2018 - Are Traffic-Clogged US Cities Ready for Congestion Pricing?, The Conversation​​

Jan 22, 2018 - How to Ease Traffic Congestion, CommonWeatlh​​

Jan 19, 2018 - Could Congestion Pricing Finally Work for New York City?, CityLab​​

Jan 09, 2018 - New, Higher Tolls for 2018, Stateline​​

Jan 03, 2018 - Road Pricing for All Vehicles, Not Just Ride-Hailed Ones, City Observatory​​

Dec 08, 2017 - 3 Policy Fixes That Could Dramatically Reduce Transportation Emissions, StreetsBlog USA

Oct 14, 2017 - Why Surge Pricing Makes Us So Mad: What Springsteen, Home Depot and a Nobel Winner Know, The New York Times​

Oct 13, 2017 - Why Congestion Pricing Might Work in LA and Why It Might Not, Curbed Los Angeles

Oct 12, 2017 - What a Nobel Economist Can Teach Us on Congestion Pricing, Ethan Elkind​​​​​​​ Writings on the Environment & Politics, and Music

Oct 09, 2017 - The Real Revolution in New Vehicle Technology, Price Tags​​​​​​​

Oct 06, 2017 - Pay For Use Most Effective Way To Reduce Congestion And Air Pollution, Gas2.0​​​​​​​

Oct 05, 2017 - Cuomo Announces Congestion Panel, City Hall Unimpressed, Politico​​​​​​

Sep 27, 2017 - Transportation Equity: Why Peak Period Road Pricing is Fair, City Commentary​​​​​

Sep 26, 2017 - Would Congestion Pricing Work to Reduce Traffic in Los Angeles?, KPCC​​​​​

​Sep 23, 2017 - Everyone Hates Tolls, But Drastic Times May Call for Drastic Measures to Fix L.A.'s Traffic, Los Angeles Times​​​​​

Aug 13, 2017 - Cuomo Calls Manhattan Traffic Plan an Idea 'Whose Time Has Come', The New York Times​​​​

Aug 13, 2017 - As Inland Toll Lanes Boom, Why are New Freeway Lanes Rarely Free?, The Press-Enterprise​​

Aug 10, 2017 - The Not-So-Secret Trick to Cutting Solo Car Commutes: Charge for Parking by the Day, The Seattle Times​​

Aug 03, 2017 - How and Why Road-Pricing Will Happen, The Economist​​

Jul 2017 - Traffic Congestion Is Counter-Intuitive, and Fixable, ACCESS​

Jun 20, 2017 - How Technology Can Eliminate Traffic Congestion, The Wall Street Journal​​

Jun 20, 2017 - ​London Mayor Considers Pay-Per-Mile Road Pricing and Ban on New Parking, The Guardian​​

Jun 15, 2017 - Driving Costs are Hidden. Revealing Them Could Help Reduce Traffic, Medium​

Jun 15, 2017 - Pricing Roads for Autonomous Vehicles, City Observatory

Mar 08, 2017 - ​ Self-Driving Cars Can't Cure Traffic, but Economics Can, The New York Times

Mar 03, 2017 - There's Only One Way to Fix L.A.'s Traffic, and It Isn't Elon Musk's Tunnels. We Need Tolls — Lots of Them, Los Angeles Times

Feb 16, 2017 - Don't Demonize Driving, Just Stop Subsidizing It, The Atlantic

Feb 02, 2017 - Driving Fee Rolls Back Asthma Attacks in Stockholm, Inside Science

Jan 18, 2017 - Road Pricing Infographic: How Tolling Impacts Various Road Users, StreetsBlog LA

Jun 28, ​2016 - Sick from Traffic? Congestion Pricing Could be the Answer and Delhi Could be the Model, Forbes

Sep 2012 - Jonas Eliasson: How to Solve Traffic Jams, TED



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