How to Fix Rush Hour Traffic? Start Charging Drivers

Do you run into traffic jams everyday driving to and back from work? recently released a talk by Jonas Eliasson who explained how charging a small fee for driving during rush hours can dramatically reduce travel time.

Basis of the study:

  • Eliasson and his team started charging 1-2 euros each day for driving during rush hours
  • 20% fewer vehicles on the road the next day
  • Traffic and number of vehicles are non-linear so a 20% drop resulted in far faster travel time
  • Roads went from bumper to bumper to nearly empty
  • 40% of citizens were against the fee initially but 70% had a change of heart once the roads opened up
Could charging rush hour drivers a small fee open up roads in major American cities?


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