Congestion Charging in Gothenburg - Political and Design Process

During informal political discussions in June 2009, the idea of introducing a congestion charging scheme in Gothenburg was formed. In September 2009, the design process started and in only 3 months, the entire process of designing a congestion charging system was performed, while at the same time gaining broad political acceptance. The congestion charging proposal was approved by the Swedish Parliament during the spring of 2010 and is now a part of national law. The system is currently under construction and will start operating in January 2013. In this paper the authors describe the political process and the planning process from the first initiative that was made to investigate alternatives for congestion charging in September 2009 up till the state of affairs in January 2011. Besides the process and actors involved they also discuss what made it possible to go from a blank sheet of paper to a congestion charging proposal with broad political acceptance in only 3 months. Finally, some lessons learned with focus on the efficient design process and that it is possible to get positive societal cost benefit effects even in smaller cities (around 1 million inhabitants in the Gothenburg metropolitan area) with limited congestion problems.


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  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: 18th ITS World Congress, Orlando, 2011. Proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01484828
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 25 2013 8:55AM