Monday, March 17, 2008

Article - Importing a Decongestant for Midtown Streets

New York Times, March 16
Author: Ken Belson

M[ayor] Bloomberg’s plan to unclog Midtown Manhattan streets and raise money for mass transit would make New York the first city in the United States to introduce congestion pricing. The mayor took cues from London, Stockholm and other foreign cities now trying this solution.
For the most part, those pricing systems have worked as promised, cutting traffic, generating billions of dollars in fees and making drivers consider alternatives to using their cars.

Encouraged by the results, London plans to introduce new charges based on a vehicle’s carbon emissions; Singapore is going a step further, using the toll and traffic data it collects to predict vehicle flow patterns with technology developed at I.B.M.’s research center here.


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