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Unlocking the Gridlock

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2006
January: Stockholm initiates a six-month trial of a new congestion charging system. Eighty percent of residents are opposed to the idea at its start. At the end of six months, they vote for it.
March: Bloomberg softens his stance. “It’s certainly something that we should be looking at,” he says. Transportation Alternatives releases a study that finds that a mere 6 percent of Manhattan retail-shopping trips are made by car.
November: A Tri State Transportation Campaign survey reports that 45 percent of respondents in the region thought “it would be a good idea to charge drivers to enter Manhattan below 60th Street because it would get them into trains and buses.” Forty-five percent opposed it. Meanwhile, Mayor Livingstone proposes a £25 fee ($47!) for SUVs driving into Central London.

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