Road Congestion Pricing in Europe

Road Congestion Pricing in Europe

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. . . this book is an interesting collection of papers on the topic of road congestion pricing. . . The reader should find this collection to be both interesting and informative, but also quite thought-provoking. . . The papers also provide some very useful information about projects that have not worked or have not been implemented for various reasons and lessons that can be learnt from failures to implement and failures of pricing schemes. Peter R. Stopher, International Planning Studies In February 2003, the London Congestion Charging Scheme was introduced and in 2006 a similar policy was introduced in Stockholm. In both cases automobile traffic entering the cordon declined by about 20 percent. This book evaluates these and other similar programs exploring their implications for the United States. While there is increasing interest in road pricing in the US in many individual states, the motivation is often highway financing rather than congestion relief. The contributors argue that the prospects for extensive implementation in the US remain uncertain. Nevertheless, this book illustrates that the European experience suggests political feasibility is much less of a hurdle than was once considered and that congestion pricing would have a significant impact in reducing traffic as it did in Europe. This study s value lies in the fact that it examines road pricing in the real world and not simply from a theoretical viewpoint. As a comparative study it will appeal to both policymakers and academics in transportation economics and planning, urban economics, planning and economic geography.Table 9.5 Congestion charging: discounts 2004 a€“ all the discounts are for 100% except for residents Registrations Usage on a typical day ... vehicle with a CO2 emission level of 3a€“4 times as much (for example, Audi A8 and the Range Rover V8 both emit about 355 g/km). ... In the consultation on the air quality strategy, 71 per cent of respondents believed that air pollution was a problem, and 43 per centanbsp;...

Title:Road Congestion Pricing in Europe
Author: Harry Ward Richardson, Chang-Hee Christine Bae
Publisher:Edward Elgar Publishing - 2008-01-01

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