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Gothenburg teaches rest of the world about congestion charges

Smart City Chirine Etezadzadeh

How do people respond to congestion charges in long-term? Image source: Shutterstock (#436488286).

Four years after Sweden’s second-largest city, Gothenburg, introduced congestion charges for cars, Mistra Urban Futures and Chalmers University of Technology have studied how the population has responded. Surprisingly, there were neither significant changes in travel satisfaction nor any larger effects on everyday lives.

Cities all over the world perceive a lack of support for congestion limitations by the public, and thus do not take action on this issue, but this research might just show that people can and will adapt to strategies that benefit their health in the long run.

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