London

Free transit passes improve London’s youth and older riders’ mental health and sense of community

By Robbie Webber Two separate studies from London show that providing free transit passes can improve the sense of belonging, decrease isolation, and improve mental health in both youth and older adults. Adults over 60 and those with disabilities can obtain a Freedom Pass, which allows free

Stockholm’s congestion charge still going strong

By Bill Holloway Stockholm’s congestion pricing system, which charges between €1 and €2 (US$1.30- $2.60) to drivers traveling into the central city during rush hour, is a continuing success six years after its initial implementation. While there was speculation that drivers would soon

Car use down, bicycle and bus use up dramatically since 2001 in London congestion-pricing area

By Mary Ebeling Since London’s congestion pricing plan went into place, traffic patterns have changed significantly. New maps show bicycle and bus/coach use is up and private car and large truck traffic is down. In the graphic below, blue dots represent decreases in car usage, and red dots

London tries to reduce airborne particulate matter by “gluing” it to the streets

Transport for London (TfL) is testing out a new dust suppressant that will be sprayed on streets in 15 locations throughout London. The suppressant, which is made up of calcium magnesium acetate, is designed to absorb pollution from the air and “glue” it to the pavement. The suppressant will

More Ways to Pay Higher London Congestion Charging Fee

The BBC reports that London’s charge for entering the center city has been increased from 8 pounds to 10 pounds in 2011, but the area to which it applies has been reduced in size. There are more options for paying, including license plate recognition technology.