Of course I agree - all the major east coast cities of Australia for a start. In London it reduced congestion, didn't damage retail sales (the city has just become more livable and convenient), increased use of public transport and bicycles and now receives broad public support. Yes they had to expand and improve the public transport system but they did that with revenue from the congestion charges.
Interesting things I was not aware of:
- The priced congestion zone has doubled in size and traffic volumes within the larger zone are falling.
- The pricing will be adjusted to reflect carbon emissions.
When will Australia get politicians with the guts and foresight to take the sorts of initiatives Ken Livingston has fostered and which are being pursued in Stockholm? Most of us live in large cities and current policies that avoid comprehensive pricing are failing.
My previous posts on congestion pricing include attempts to account for the Victorian Governments unwillingness to consider it, partial pricing and income distribution and comparisons between Melbourne and London.