Monday, February 11, 2013

Milan Congestion Charging Impressive Results

The Mobility Agency of the city of Milan, AMAT, has just released the results of “Area C”, the restricted traffic zone and congestion charge scheme in the centre of Milan, one year after its introduction. In 2012, motorised traffic decreased by 31% comparing to 2011 data when the former pollution charge system "Ecopass" was in force. This means that on average 41.000 vehicles are no longer entering the city centre on a daily basis. Occasional access accounts for 81% of detected vehicles, which pass through the gates less than 10 times per year. Another relevant fact is the use of private cars by the residents within the Area C boundaries: 70% of these vehicles did not use more than the 40 free coupons they receive per year. Area C revenues accounted for €20,3 million of which €13,2 million (all the net profit) has been directly reinvested in the public transport network to increase service frequency, and for extending the bike sharing system BikeMI in the suburbs.

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