New road toll slashes traffic

One week into Stockholm’s new trial road toll, traffic has been slashed by between 25 and 30 percent overall and up to 35 percent during peak hours. 

A finance ministry expert says the success of the congestion tax exceeds expectations.  He also says the system, which uses infrared cameras to identify the license plates of vehicles passing in and out of the downtown area, is functioning extremely well.

Public transport, which already serves about 70 percent of commuters, had been increased in anticipation of a surge of new riders and has so far easily absorbed new commuters.  According to the City of Stockholm, the additional time needed to drive from one side of the city to the other during rush hour has dropped significantly.  The toll’s trial period is set to conclude in July—in September Stockholmers will vote in a non-binding referendum on whether charge should be made permanent.

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