Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Congestion Charge

This is surreal. Stockholm reduced its road traffic by 25% in one month. How? By charging drivers between 6:30 am and 6:30 pm daily in the city.

-- Traffic at cordon points reduced by 100,000 vehicle passages per day or 25%
-- Train and transit passengers increased by 40,000 per day
-- Congestion during peak hours dramatically reduced
-- No major re-routed traffic problem
-- Time tables for inner city bus lines have to be redesigned due to the increased average speed
-- Parking fines reduced by 29%
-- The automatic charging system in operation from day one
-- About 350,000 vehicle passages identified per day
-- The system has been fully operational during the charging hours of 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM Monday to Friday.

I am sure the angry Swedes were not happy with paying for road usages, but think again - it helps to reduce pollution by using less cars, and making them to use the public transportation, which is cheaper and more efficient.

It will not help KC if we do that, but we do not have severe traffic congestion problems like Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, New York, et cetera. That and public transportation is barely here in KC.

The link is here.

4 Comments:

Blogger natech said...

So, this blog is going to talk about environment as well?

Good thing it won't affect me because my shift doesn't start till 11 am. Haha.

3:46 PM  
Blogger natech said...

Whoa, I see that you've started using image validator. Already start getting spam emails?

3:47 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Not only about environment but saving the cost of gas used during rush hour, and/or using public transportation.

About the image validator. Yes. I got spammed.

5:30 PM  
Blogger natech said...

Yeah, everything's connected. Really.

1:53 PM  

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