Traffic Congestion Pricing in the Washington Metro Region
Brandes, Uwe S.
This paper explores implementing congestion charging for personal vehicles entering the District of Columbia. I will hypothesize that congestion pricing will increase dependency on public transportation, fund public transportation and physical infrastructure improvements, and create reliable travel times. A review of case studies in London and Stockholm indicate lower traffic volumes within the congestion pricing cordon area due to the congestion charge, while case studies of San Francisco and New York City explore political challenges to implementing a congestion charge. I argue that the Washington metropolitan region would benefit from a central employment area congestion charge, in conjunction with other congestion pricing mechanisms, to create a comprehensive traffic congestion management system.