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Five ICLEI U.S.A. Members awarded funds to ease traffic congestion

ICLEI U.S.A. Members Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle has been awarded $US 848 million to ease traffic congestion in their cities. The cities were chosen in a competition in which 26 cities applied to become part of the US Department of Transportation’s Urban Partnership programme.  The programme aims to cut traffic congestion using approaches like congestion pricing, transit, toll charges and teleworking. New York City alone was awarded  $US 354 million in federal funds to implement a congestion pricing programme that aims to keep more cars and trucks out of the city centre.  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the award a major victory for the people of his city.  “By fulfilling the terms of the agreement, New York will be able to create new and better public transport options for commuters all across the city before congestion pricing takes effect.  Now we’ll work to reduce congestion, improve air quality, and keep traffic tie-ups from choking our economy,” the mayor said. Source:  “US Government awards five cities $US 848 million to ease traffic congestion”, US Transport Department, 20 August 2007.