Today a colleague in the US sent me a mail about the New York City plan for congestion pricing: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/congestprice.shtml
The discussion has been on the political agenda since January 2006 and there have been many distinct interests to consider.
According to the present information there now seem to be political support for the congestion charges of cars.
NYC Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has been looking at congestion charges in a similar way as Ken Livingstone to address both traffic congestion and city air quality with one measure.
Interestingly, NYC has the world’s largest fleet of hybrid buses and the alternatives to the cars will undoubtedly bring environmental benefits. Already in London it was found that the increased use of public transports, in particular city buses, decrease the environmental load a lot.
It will be interesting to follow the next step of the NYC commission the 31st of January when the recommendations will be issued to the city council and the state legislature.
Presently, many cities of different size discuss congestion charges but as far as I am informed only London and Stockholm use them.
NYC seem to be the next large city to convert. Adding them to the list would certainly give additional weight for many others.