June 01, 2003

Prague Mayor Supports Congestion Pricing, But for Road-Building

Bém’s proposed scheme, however, misses one of the greatest benefits of London’s congestion pricing program.  While Bém intends to use the proceeds to pay for expansion of the Prague’s inner ring road, in London all of the revenue is invested in public transit improvements.

Therefore, London benefits not only from a reduction in automobile traffic, but also from expanded transit service.  London’s strategy encourages a shift to public transit and helps ensure that the congestion pricing area continues to become even more convenient to reach by alternatives modes of transport.

Jonathan Levine and Yaakov Garb outlined the importance of incorporating broad urban accessibility criteria at the core of congestion pricing schemes, as London’s was designed to do, in “Congestion pricing’s conditional promise: promotion of mobility or accessibility?”


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