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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

November 9, 2011 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

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]

Reduced Congestion is Good for Drivers

May 27, 2010 by Ryan Avent

I don’t know what’s most strange about this Matt DeBord post on Felix Salmon’s congestion pricing piece in Wired, his insistence on making every policy discussion into a tribal battle between Team Car and everyone else, his bizarre suggestion that drivers have no problem with congestion, or the ludicrously hyperbolic assertion that using...[read more]

More on VMT

February 10, 2010 by Ryan Avent

It’s interesting to me that so many people find the idea of a VMT tax to be clearly ridiculous. At present, federal gas tax revenues are insufficient to cover spending on highways (to say nothing of all transportation needs), and spending on transportation is insufficient to cover critical needs (to say nothing of desirable expansions)....[read more]

Creative Funding

November 19, 2009 by Ryan Avent

From Bloomberg: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said his goal to speed up construction of 12 transit projects and ease congestion in the second-biggest U.S. city requires “creative” funding help from Washington. Villaraigosa is pushing a plan to complete about $20 billion of subway and rail-line work by 2019, 20 years sooner than...[read more]

Only wonks love it

October 13, 2009 by David Sucher

Every few months I see articles and posts about congestion pricing as a means of "solving congestion." For example: How Does Congestion Pricing Work? and A Terrible Argument Against Congestion Pricing. Why such interest in something which has no future? Serious consideration of congestion pricing is so far out of step with popular...[read more]