The traffic solution most cities haven't tried

  • Published: 03 May 2019
  • Congestion pricing works – just look at London.

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    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced a plan to bring congestion pricing to New York City. The goal is to raise money for the city’s crumbling public transit system and reclaim the dangerously busy city streets. But what is congestion pricing, and can it actually solve all our transit woes?

    We took a look at London, a city that enacted a congestion charge in 2003, to see some of the benefits. Check out the video above to learn more.

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    And a closer look at how much money is wasted sitting in traffic:

    Finally – Check out this article by Nicole Badstuber on how London congestion pricing has started to level out and the plans the city has in place to bring revenue back up:

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Comments • 3 832

  • longho
    longho  1 days back

    Driving in congestion privilege for the Rich

    • Fatal Ritte
      Fatal Ritte  1 days back

      Trains don’t get caught in traffic jams but they still choose to pay 6-14 dollars to sit on a bus for 3 hours a day round trip or pay 4 times that for gas, tolls and parking. Sounds like the problem is a lot bigger than that... If you’re just gonna say oh so what and keep doing the same old thing, then maybe it’s time to stop complaining about it.

      • Zach Klieman
        Zach Klieman  1 days back

        They should exempt cab drivers, too- no? Edit: to be clear, it seems like a very good plan to me

        • thoushallrepent III
          thoushallrepent III  2 days back

          Maybe we shouldn’t pay for driving because we already pay for all the roads, our cars, and the fuel to drive them.

          • prince Co
            prince Co  2 days back

            *Philippines has entered the chat*

            • dumontrider1000
              dumontrider1000  2 days back

              Charging me more for driving when I’m already paying for vehicle registration, gas, and oh yeah taxes to fix these roads? No thanks.

              • Bc C
                Bc C  5 days back

                you asking america to commute and be spied on by cameras? ..its easier to make pigs fly

                • p4olom
                  p4olom  5 days back

                  Congestion pricing? Ask Singapore

                  • ERIC CHEUNG
                    ERIC CHEUNG  5 days back

                    2:10 London

                    • ERIC CHEUNG
                      ERIC CHEUNG  5 days back

                      0:05 New York

                      • ERIC CHEUNG
                        ERIC CHEUNG  5 days back

                        Payment of subscription should get charged because knowledge is free.
                        It's criminal to charge the public for concern!

                        • SchwerMetall154
                          SchwerMetall154  5 days back

                          ... or you can just improve public transit. Metros, subways, streetcars, etc so walking and riding is the more purposeful commute than the more freedom/recreation commute the car offers. Also, you already pay for roads through taxes if not direct sales tax via tolls, gasoline, parking, etc, placing yet another tax on sales and excise just angers the people it impacts, especially those who don’t have an equal alternative.

                          • JusticeTuna
                            JusticeTuna  7 days back

                            There is a reason that people take car's instead of using public transportation. The subways and busses are filthy, crime ridden, overcrowded, slow, unreliable, and expensive. Now they expect for the people that have saved their money, purchased a car, pay for its gas, all of NY's vehicle insurance fee's and taxes and they expect us now to even pay to drive it too work! Also, think of the last time you got on the subway and was not harassed by someone that was mentally ill or the homeless. the subways are dangerous, I certainly wouldn't let my daughters ride on it. This also basically traps everyone on LI from traveling off long Island, if you wanted to drive without paying the fee you would basically drive up to CT then back down south!

                            • Mikaela Loren
                              Mikaela Loren  1 weeks back

                              A 9.9km here in Manila will take you up to 3 hrs in the road.

                              • نادر الی راحمان

                                Go to UAE and see how they design their cities. Very spacious and organized. Roads were built for cars, not for cyclists and pedestrians.

                                • spbxl
                                  spbxl  3 weeks back

                                  Paying to use a city road.... Isn't there this weird thing called road tax? I swear it exists... Strange isn't it

                                  • Thai Fried Banana
                                    Thai Fried Banana  3 weeks back

                                    Go with it. People who have cars are rich enough to pay this little congestion pricing charge. The government get more money to invest in other infrastructure for the city too.

                                    • Feri Román
                                      Feri Román  4 weeks back


                                      • Tom Browne
                                        Tom Browne  1 months back

                                        there's too much traffic in the city and it's causing problems - limit cars in the city.
                                        too many people have easy access to...

                                        • Nun Yah
                                          Nun Yah  1 months back

                                          I’m so happy New York City is moving in this direction and I hope other US cities adopt this type of pricing scheme too, particularly cities in California. Cities in America need to stop prioritizing the car and start prioritizing the people.

                                          • HD Keemii
                                            HD Keemii  1 months back

                                            lol lazy people to buy something a mile or even half away have to drive , ppl in other parts of the world walk 7 miles everyday to get their destination

                                            • Ana Valenzuela
                                              Ana Valenzuela  1 months back

                                              Dapt sa EDSA din e.

                                              • RipCityBassWorks
                                                RipCityBassWorks  1 months back

                                                How about invest in public transportation? Getting the public transportation systems in the US on par with the rest of the world would really help with congestion...

                                                • EmiDWD aka STK Salty
                                                  EmiDWD aka STK Salty  1 months back

                                                  Why is SEPTA in New York?

                                                  • Dre12008
                                                    Dre12008  1 months back

                                                    So tolls, but in the city...

                                                    • Phaneendra Medida
                                                      Phaneendra Medida  1 months back

                                                      Please try this in India and let us know.

                                                      • Jamie G
                                                        Jamie G  1 months back

                                                        But the congestion charging in London has done little to reduce traffic, or improve air quality. All is does is generate revenue of the politicians. It's yet another taxation on motorists. If you want people to leave their cars at home, you need to improve public transport and make it easier/safer for people to walk and/or cycle. And even then, that won't get everyone off the roads, as some people have to drive. Also you'll still be left with lorries and vans doing their deliveries.

                                                        • Nizam Asyafrien
                                                          Nizam Asyafrien  1 months back

                                                          I hope jakarta should adopt this method :)

                                                          • Bernadette Gostelow
                                                            Bernadette Gostelow  2 months back

                                                            We have this in Singapore. It's called the ERP.

                                                            • Happy Pancake
                                                              Happy Pancake  2 months back

                                                              The only problem with the Congestion charge in London is that after a while people get used to paying the CC and begin to drive there cars again or drive more.

                                                              • Katarzyna Zabinska
                                                                Katarzyna Zabinska  2 months back

                                                                So it's not bad enough we have to pay for parking (180$ a month,) pay gas, pay insurance, pay the car lease, pay tolls. But now we have to pay to even drive in the city too!?!?

                                                                • afsar khan
                                                                  afsar khan  2 months back

                                                                  Mta employees making more than 250k a year look into it.

                                                                  • Gary P
                                                                    Gary P  2 months back

                                                                    Clearing the roads for the wealthy had to start somewhere

                                                                    • sir rios
                                                                      sir rios  2 months back

                                                                      Aren't we already paying for those roads through tax payers? Now you want people to pay to use the roads there already paying for? Am I missing something?

                                                                      • Martin Arvidsson
                                                                        Martin Arvidsson  2 months back

                                                                        There is only one problem with that. We have this in Sweden and the numbers of drivers doesnt go down, because people still thinks the car is more convenient. If public transport doesnt keep up and offer the same comfort, people will still use the car. Just because your own car is so much more nice than public transport. And this will just hit people who NEEDS their car to make their lifepuzzle work. Families with a lot of kids, for example.

                                                                        • Sameera Rasheed
                                                                          Sameera Rasheed  2 months back

                                                                          There will be a problem for rickshaw walas in India

                                                                          • Jaime Mozas
                                                                            Jaime Mozas  2 months back

                                                                            That's pure capitalism. Just rich people can afford driving inside. Why not investing in public transportation or just allow electric or low-cintamination cars to go to the center? So we promote both ecologic transportation and traffic decongestion...

                                                                            • Trap Soul
                                                                              Trap Soul  2 months back

                                                                              The left always wanting to take people's money without holding the government accountable...

                                                                              • Raymond Serpa
                                                                                Raymond Serpa  2 months back

                                                                                Money grab!

                                                                                • Brian Vinson
                                                                                  Brian Vinson  2 months back

                                                                                  Hmm GWB and Lincoln Tunnel went up to 15 dollars a pop and nobody has noticed less traffic. Sounds like a cash grab.

                                                                                  • Alfredo Alcantar
                                                                                    Alfredo Alcantar  2 months back

                                                                                    Why is she taking taxi 🚖 not a lyft or Uber

                                                                                    • GreenTekHaus
                                                                                      GreenTekHaus  2 months back

                                                                                      We're already taxed via gas taxes, to ride on the roads. This amounts to a double tax, or even a triple tax, since we pay taxes on the cars themselves, when we buy them, too! This is NOT the best solution! Neither is just taking away car/truck lanes in the cities. We're onto you politicians who want to force us all to ride public transportation. Why? Because you want to control the movement of the masses. That's it, plain and simple! Freedom, please!

                                                                                      • Stanley Hudson
                                                                                        Stanley Hudson  2 months back

                                                                                        🔴 "Roads for the Rich" is what it sounds like.
                                                                                        Low income people can't afford that stuff

                                                                                        • Krista Jeffries
                                                                                          Krista Jeffries  2 months back

                                                                                          Stanley Hudson That's the appeal in charging them though. Lots of people live in NY without a car, mostly non-rich people. Plus roads and parking and car-centered infrastructure never pay for themselves anyway.

                                                                                      • Lumberjack king the great

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                                                                                        • Lumberjack king the great

                                                                                          Self driving cars

                                                                                          • Lumberjack king the great

                                                                                            Just use self driving cars

                                                                                            • Audray Mix
                                                                                              Audray Mix  2 months back

                                                                                              More roundabouts

                                                                                              • D
                                                                                                D  2 months back

                                                                                                Why aren’t there flyovers in New York? That’s like ‘Beat the traffic 101’