Seattle har begynt å forsøke køprising på enkelte veistrekninger. Med stor suksess kan det se ut som.
New tolls on the Highway 520 bridge have reduced traffic so much that drivers are commonly traveling at 65 mph, maybe three times as fast as they’re used to.
INRIX’s analysis found, for example, that in the 5 p.m. hour on Jan. 3 the average speed approaching the bridge, heading from the Eastside to Seattle, was 65 mph near the 92nd Avenue Northeast overpass. Usually the average speed there is only 19 mph.
Prisene varierer med klokkeslett:
Toll rates vary by time of day, peaking at $3.50 each direction from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Speed limits are variable, but the top limit is 50 mph on the bridge and 60 mph on land approaches.
Some drivers are crossing before 7 a.m. when the toll is $2.80, reducing congestion in the morning peak, the DOT update says.
Mange, også her på berget, er jo bekymret for at køprising betyr at bare de rike får råd til å bruke bilene, men erfaringen fra Seattle viser at også de som reiser kollektivt tjener på den nye ordningen.
Some drivers say the toll bridge has become an executive highway, providing premium speed for the rich. The annual cost can exceed $1,600 if someone drives at peak times every workday.
But the decongestion helps transit riders, too, though some cross-lake buses are more crowded as people experiment with buses as an antidote to tolls.
Bryan Bucklin, of Seattle, estimates that his former 35- to 40-minute ride from Microsoft to Montlake is now as short as 15 minutes.
Mer enn en halvering av reisetiden for de bussreisende altså. I tillegg vil jo en køprising gjøre at man får inntekter som man kan bruke til for eksempel å redusere prisene på kollektivtilbud, øke kapasiteten eller gi en generell skattelette. What is not to like?