London Finds “No Adverse Impact” Outside Charging Zone

With many New York City elected officials expressing concern that Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing study will create numerous problems in the neighborhoods just outside the charging zone, now is a good time to take a look at the extensive "Boundary Impacts Study" undertaken by Transport for London in its Fourth Annual Monitoring Report

The London study found no evidence of "boundary-related problems" due to congestion charging. Rather, the neighborhoods just outside of London’s charging zone experienced small reductions in traffic, improvements in air quality, reductions in traffic accidents, and a steady growth in sales for the many small businesses in the study area. The study concludes, "there continues to be no evidence of adverse traffic impacts on roads surrounding the charging zone."

You can download a summary of TfL’s Fourth Annual Monitoring report here or download the full report and turn to page 126 for details on the Boundary Impacts case study. Here are the study’s conclusions:

  • brent

    I meant to comment on the park-and-ride topic when it first surfaced. The whole idea does not make sense to me and London confirms it. It defies the logic of motoring in the first place- the convenience of getting from point a to b in luxurious comfort using streets paid for by the public, etc. When the convenience is taken away- drive, park, take subway- people will use the more convenient method. There are many options in NYC- the cong. charge “tax on the working class” cheerleaders should keep in mind we live in a city where anyone can travel virtually anywhere for $2. I know that people do park and ride in the far flung suburbs, but that is because they don’t have any other options- all of their trips generally involve a car. I assume these people make up a high proportion of the people currently driving into the city because it is more convenient to them than taking a train, bus, etc. They may still do that and cough up the extra few dollars a day, but I would also guess that the park and ride lots in places like Syosset and Trenton will fill up- good news for NYC as this means fewer high speed death machines on our streets.


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