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National League of Cities report says US cities should consider congestion pricing | Traffic Technology Today

The USA’s National League of Cities (NLC) has released a new guide that encourages cities to consider introducing congestion charging systems as a potentially economical solution to build thriving communities, calm traffic, reduce air pollution, and improve quality of life for residents.

In the report, the NLC explains that congestion pricing is a type of road user charge system in which a flat or variable rate fee is charged to vehicles that drive in a specified area or zone within a city. Congestion pricing models can help communities properly price the use of their roadways, which are a finite, in-demand good. These models are built on a basic economic concept: when a public good is in high demand, the price charged to use that good increases to reflect its value and thus, what users are willing to pay to use it. Most of these systems will be used to fund transit and infrastructure improvements.

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National League of Cities report says US cities should consider congestion pricing | Traffic Technology Today.

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