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Post time 2015-10-1 19:37:06 |Display all floors
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The congestion charge is a very interesting response to central-city pollution as well as safety. Apparently it's used in Stockholm as well. Stockholm introduced its own congestion pricing system in 2006. I wonder if it could be helpful for large cities in developing nations?

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Post time 2015-10-1 19:37:07 |Display all floors
Congestion fees might make more sense if they are couple with other programs.  Several people have noted continuing to improve mass transit (I have been here for over 13 years, and have seen tremendous strides in this area, keep going!).  How about lower fees for cars with multiple passengers and higher fees for cars with only one person?  Multiple passenger cars could also be given priority at toll booths.  Electric cars could get reduced fees, while large cars that produce more pollution would pay more.  There are a number of ideas which could help.  Keep in mind that it is not just about congestion, but about pollution and that not all cars pollute equally.

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Post time 2015-10-1 19:47:38 |Display all floors
It will not work in China, most car owners can easily afford to pay.

If you want to improve the traffic flow in China start by enforcing traffic laws, it would work wonders.

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Post time 2015-10-1 19:51:52 |Display all floors
Such fees are just more income for the government. People who need to drive will pay the fee. No such fee can ever stop or deter anyone from driving. You know why? Driving is not a luxury as you imagine. To many people, driving is a necessity.

Why don't you ban cars? This would work great.

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Post time 2015-12-10 10:48:18 |Display all floors
Singapore has for many years successfully implemented such a system and it has been  working  very well to control traffic flow into busy roads and business districts.  People accept this kind of system as it prevents unnecessary driving into busy roads.  The MRT train is quite efficient for such trips.

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Post time 2015-12-14 10:18:55 |Display all floors
I agreed with some of the comments that congestion fees only fill the government's coffer. Such a scheme will not solve traffic problems in China especially on spread out cities like Beijing and Shanghai. Singapore and Hong Kong are different as their CBDs are densely packed in one or two areas. Several alternatives are available, but, however, the best alternative is to open up the air space above existing road networks to such mass transportation systems as the Straddling Bus System and the monorail systems. These systems are environmentally friendly, quick and cheap to build vs. the current MTR or underground systems which are expensive and slow to build. They can also reach and cover more areas and places than MTRs as they can go places where there are roads. Once these system are in place, then cars can be banned from entering areas beyond say certain 'ring roads' for example in Beijing. This way, it'll solve both congestion and pollution at the same time.

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