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Congestion Charging
Edward Gottesman
World Economics, June 2003

The debate about road use charging continues. No simple and effective proposal to limit center-city congestion has attracted popular support. The economic case for reducing vehicle congestion in towns and cities is indisputable, as shown in the recent article by Begg and Gray, but their solution could take a generation to implement. The present article proposes using existing infrastructure to create a low-tech, flexible and country-wide method of limiting the use of automobiles in the centers of cities at specified times and in easily defined areas.
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