The traffic solution most cities haven't tried

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  • Published on:  Friday, May 3, 2019
  • Congestion pricing works – just look at London.

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    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced a plan to bring congestion pricing to New York City. The goal is to raise money for the city’s crumbling public transit system and reclaim the dangerously busy city streets. But what is congestion pricing, and can it actually solve all our transit woes?

    We took a look at London, a city that enacted a congestion charge in 2003, to see some of the benefits. Check out the video above to learn more.

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    And a closer look at how much money is wasted sitting in traffic:

    Finally – Check out this article by Nicole Badstuber on how London congestion pricing has started to level out and the plans the city has in place to bring revenue back up:

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  • Tom Browne

    Tom Browne

     3 days ago

    there's too much traffic in the city and it's causing problems - limit cars in the city.
    too many people have easy access to...

  • Nun Yah

    Nun Yah

     7 days ago +2

    I’m so happy New York City is moving in this direction and I hope other US cities adopt this type of pricing scheme too, particularly cities in California. Cities in America need to stop prioritizing the car and start prioritizing the people.

  • HD Keemii

    HD Keemii

     7 days ago +1

    lol lazy people to buy something a mile or even half away have to drive , ppl in other parts of the world walk 7 miles everyday to get their destination

  • Ana Valenzuela

    Ana Valenzuela

     7 days ago +1

    Dapt sa EDSA din e.

  • RipCityBassWorks


     7 days ago

    How about invest in public transportation? Getting the public transportation systems in the US on par with the rest of the world would really help with congestion...

  • EmiDWD aka STK Salty

    EmiDWD aka STK Salty

     7 days ago

    Why is SEPTA in New York?

  • Dre12008


     7 days ago +3

    So tolls, but in the city...

  • Phaneendra Medida

    Phaneendra Medida

     14 days ago

    Please try this in India and let us know.

  • Jamie G

    Jamie G

     14 days ago

    But the congestion charging in London has done little to reduce traffic, or improve air quality. All is does is generate revenue of the politicians. It's yet another taxation on motorists. If you want people to leave their cars at home, you need to improve public transport and make it easier/safer for people to walk and/or cycle. And even then, that won't get everyone off the roads, as some people have to drive. Also you'll still be left with lorries and vans doing their deliveries.

  • Nizam Asyafrien

    Nizam Asyafrien

     14 days ago +1

    I hope jakarta should adopt this method :)

  • Bernadette Gostelow

    Bernadette Gostelow

     14 days ago

    We have this in Singapore. It's called the ERP.

  • Happy Pancake

    Happy Pancake

     14 days ago

    The only problem with the Congestion charge in London is that after a while people get used to paying the CC and begin to drive there cars again or drive more.

  • Katarzyna Zabinska

    Katarzyna Zabinska

     14 days ago

    So it's not bad enough we have to pay for parking (180$ a month,) pay gas, pay insurance, pay the car lease, pay tolls. But now we have to pay to even drive in the city too!?!?

  • afsar khan

    afsar khan

     14 days ago

    Mta employees making more than 250k a year look into it.

  • Gary P

    Gary P

     14 days ago

    Clearing the roads for the wealthy had to start somewhere

  • sir rios

    sir rios

     14 days ago

    Aren't we already paying for those roads through tax payers? Now you want people to pay to use the roads there already paying for? Am I missing something?

  • Martin Arvidsson

    Martin Arvidsson

     21 days ago

    There is only one problem with that. We have this in Sweden and the numbers of drivers doesnt go down, because people still thinks the car is more convenient. If public transport doesnt keep up and offer the same comfort, people will still use the car. Just because your own car is so much more nice than public transport. And this will just hit people who NEEDS their car to make their lifepuzzle work. Families with a lot of kids, for example.

  • Sameera Rasheed

    Sameera Rasheed

     21 days ago

    There will be a problem for rickshaw walas in India

  • Jaime Mozas

    Jaime Mozas

     21 days ago

    That's pure capitalism. Just rich people can afford driving inside. Why not investing in public transportation or just allow electric or low-cintamination cars to go to the center? So we promote both ecologic transportation and traffic decongestion...

  • Trap Soul

    Trap Soul

     21 days ago +1

    The left always wanting to take people's money without holding the government accountable...