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Building acceptance for congestion charges: the Swedish experiences compared
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. Department of Economy and Society, Unit of Human Geography, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. (Centrum för Urbana och Regionala Studies (CUReS))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5322-4305
Department of Society, Actors, Environment and Transport, Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), Stockholm, Sweden; Department of Society, Actors, Environment and Transport, VTI, Linköping, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Transport Geography, ISSN 0966-6923, E-ISSN 1873-1236, Vol. 49, p. 52-60Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Lack of public and political acceptance is the main barrier to introducing congestion charges. Here we compared the experiences of congestion charge introduction in the Swedish cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg, with the aim of explaining differences in political and public acceptance. The results showed the importance of procedural factors, such as the consistency of objectives in policy packages, communication and marketing efforts, and the use of public referendums, and of contextual factors, including urban form, level of congestion, and functioning of public transport. Important lessons were drawn between the two cities, but primarily on how to design, rather than secure public acceptance for, a congestion tax scheme. To build acceptance for congestion charges, close attention must be paid to the local political and geographical context when designing and implementing such a scheme.

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Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 49, p. 52-60
Keywords [en]
Congestion charges, Road pricing, Transport policy, Acceptance, Implementation, Policy transfer
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Political Science
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46160DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2015.10.008ISI: 000367125500006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84945571513OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-46160DiVA, id: diva2:861509
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Funding Agencies:

Stockholmia - Research and Publishing

Swedish Research Council Formas

Sustainable Transport Initiative, University of Gothenburg

Chalmers University of Technology

Available from: 2015-10-17 Created: 2015-10-17 Last updated: 2018-07-02Bibliographically approved

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