17 Feb '12, 3am

Milan's new congestion charges show positive results: #milano #dkpol

Milan's new congestion charges show positive results: #milano #dkpol

When we think of congestion charging, we generally think of London , or possibly Stockholm - two cities that have persevered with congestion charges amid some consumer opposition, and reaped lower traffic and improved air quality. Now Milan is giving congestion charging a try, and though it's early, results are positive. Milan's system runs from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. each weekday and requires a car to purchase a ticket for 5 Euros (about $7.50) to enter the central city zones. Forty three sensors in a ring around the city check to see if entering cars are equipped with a pass. During the first week the new charges were implemented (the third week of January), incoming traffic was reduced by 37% compared to the previous week. The number of cars accessing the center of the city dropped from 122,000 to 77,000 in the 12 hours of the charging scheme. That decline in the number...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/cars/congestion-charge-drops-tr...

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