Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working papers in Transport Economics,
CTS - Centre for Transport Studies Stockholm (KTH and VTI)

No 2014:7: The Stockholm congestion charges: an overview

Jonas Eliasson ()
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Jonas Eliasson: KTH, Postal: Centrum för Transportstudier (CTS), Teknikringen 10, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: Congestion charges were introduced in Stockholm in 2006 as a seven-month trial, followed by a referendum where a majority voted in favour of the charges. This led to the reintroduction of congestion charges in August 2007, and they have been operational since then. The system has attracted worldwide attention worldwide, both because it achieved substantial congestion reductions, and because the system overcame fierce initial hostility, surviving a heated and complicated political and legal process, and eventually gaining support by more than 2/3 of the population and all political parties. This report summarises the story of the Stockholm congestion charges, pointing out experiences and lessons learnt.

Keywords: Congestion charges; Stockholm; Sustainable transport

JEL-codes: H23; H54; R41; R48

42 pages, April 1, 2014

Note: Note: Parts of the material in this report have been published before in other publications by the author and various coauthors. The intention of this report is to make the material accessible in one single, coherent source.

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