Sunday, April 13, 2008

Congestion Pricing: A Follow Up

Mayor Ken Livingstone of London: feminist, socialist, and more effective congestion pricing advocate than Mickey Bloomberg.

For a view on the political possibilities of congestion pricing, one need to look no further than this week's New Yorker (article not online) and Calvin Trillin's piece on the London mayoral election. London already has a congestion pricing scheme - and as soon as next year, the cost of going into the center city on vehicle will rise to 25 pounds ($50!)

Wow.

2 comments:

Nancy D., Girl Detective said...

A question re: congestion pricing.

I think London's program is great, though it's a little creepy as it depends on capturing all vehicles on the thousands of cameras that pretty much follow every movement of everyone in the city. Would New York's plan require less surveillance as pretty any entrance to Manhattan is via bridge or toll?

Betty & Bimbo said...

There's no surveillance involved as far as I know. Entrance into the city via the tunnels and bridges is already $6-8, except on the Verrazano Bridge from Staten Island.