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New Congestion Charge in Stockholm Reduces Traffic by 25%

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden – The first day of the City of Stockholm’s congestion charging experiment was heralded as a great success, having reduced congestion within the City by one quarter. A congestion charge of US$ 7.80 a day was put into place to reduce traffic on the most heavily congested roads by 10-15 %. The pilot […]

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – The first day of the City of Stockholm’s congestion charging experiment was heralded as a great success, having reduced congestion within the City by one quarter. A congestion charge of US$ 7.80 a day was put into place to reduce traffic on the most heavily congested roads by 10-15 %. The pilot program will run until July, and in September Stockholm residents will vote on whether to make the congestion charge permanent.
The majority of Stockholm’s residents, however, oppose the charge. Opposition was also high in London when a congestion charge was introduced there in 2001. Londoners have come to accept the charge that has successfully reduced traffic volume in London by 18%.
Stockholm is an active member of ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection Campaign, committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.
Source: Reuters

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