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Pricing Congestion to Invest in Sustainable Transport: Lessons from London

London and Sustainable Transport Investment

In 2003, London adopted a program of congestion pricing that now places a roughly $17 (£11.50) daily fee on motor vehicles entering central London. The effort was expected to reduce car traffic, air pollution, and emissions in the area, and has since been lauded as a major success.[read more]

Urbanism Hall of Fame: Ken Livingstone Makes Congestion Pricing and Transit Integration Work in a Megacity

Urban Transit Policy Choices

Ken Livingstone – who became the first Mayor of London after the creation of the Greater London Authority in 2000 – implemented two key policies that transformed the future of urban mobility in London and for cities worldwide: a congestion charging scheme and the city’s Oyster card.[read more]

Congestion Pricing can make Beijing a more Equitable City

Beijing and Congestion Pricing

China’s capital city of Beijing is already home to 5.4 million cars, the most of any Chinese city. The country’s rising wealth means that this is a trend unlikely to stop. This rapid motorization has led to many city government “quick fixes” aimed at easing congestion problems in the short-term.[read more]

How Local Governments can take Congestion Pricing from Concept to Reality

Local Government and Congestion Pricing

Few urban policies have been as contentious or as fruitful as congestion pricing. Congestion pricing is a travel demand management policy that charges a fee for vehicles that enter a certain urban area or a certain street during specific periods of time.[read more]

Congestion Charging - Does It Work? [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 29, 2013 by Edwin Miles

Congestion Chargin

This Infographic explores the typical aims behind congestion pricing, where these schemes have been implemented, and delves into the nuts and bolts of individual congestion charging plans.[read more]

Urban Design: Cities Pricing Out Their Own Density

June 22, 2013 by Tyler Caine

City Density and Pricing

Some of our cities are becoming the victims of their own success. As a finite amount of land becomes more desirable, prices begin to migrate outside the realm of accessibility for a larger portion of the population.[read more]

Is accessibility without congestion possible?

April 13, 2012 by David Levinson

Big cities have lots of congestion. Big cities have lots of accessibility. Does this mean that accessibility causes congestion? Or vice-versa?[read more]

Has Congestion Pricing Lost its Buzz?

January 24, 2012 by This Big City

It’s 2004. Despite initial resistance to the idea being fierce, London has had a congestion charge for a year, and by the most important metrics, it’s been a success. Mayor Ken Livingston has been reciting statistics to anyone who will listen, parading reductions in congestion by 30 percent and average speeds at their highest since the...[read more]

5 of the Best Technology Blog Posts of 2011

December 29, 2011 by This Big City

Technology can be a powerful ally in the creation of sustainable cities, be it social, economic, or environmental sustainability. In 2011 we’ve explored numerous technological innovations and their effect on cities, and here’s 5 of the best:[read more]

Building More Roads Does Not Ease Congestion

As former mayor of Bogota, Enrique Peñalosa, said, "Trying to solve traffic problems by building more roads is like putting out a fire with gasoline." Photo by Joe Wolf. Congestion is not an easy beast to tame for cities around the world. Building more roads and increasing the capacity of public transport does little to improve...[read more]

5 Cities with Congestion Pricing

August 23, 2011 by This Big City

Congestion pricing is gathering some inertia in cities worldwide for a few reasons; safety, money, and public desire are among the main ones. Unlike traditional mechanisms to deal with more cars such as, well, building new roads, congestion pricing has had a profound effect on the cities it has come to. Pricing schemes operate on the...[read more]

Congestion Pricing:  Not Coming Soon to a US City Near You

June 6, 2011 by Next American City

Credit: By K_GradingerEditor’s Note: This is a special guest post by Joe Peach, the founder and editor of “This Big City” - a sustainable cities blog exploring ideas for our urban world. Joe works as a freelance writer and all-round creative in central London, as well as studying for a Masters in Sustainable Communities and the Creative...[read more]