Congestion charges part of solution to costly congestion

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia appears to make some good points in its lobbying of the Abbott Government on the need for congestion charges to help alleviate traffic congestion and defer or avoid the need to augment transport infrastructure, as reported in the Courier-Mail this morning. With a congestion charge you might have to pay $5 to enter the Brisbane CBD during peak times, for example.

I’ve previously noted the high cost of traffic congestion and expressed support for considering congestion charges, other transport demand management options (e.g. staggering start times for public servants), and lessening restrictions on inner city development so we can have higher population densities, which will encourage more people to cycle and walk. My previous posts include:

Govt should explore transport demand management options before committing to costly infrastructure

Benefits of higher urban population density – more cycling and walking to work

Traffic congestion is deadly

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