On the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line connecting Kisarazu City and Kawasaki City in Chiba Prefecture, "road pricing," which fluctuates tolls depending on the time of day, was introduced on a trial basis on the 22nd with the aim of alleviating traffic congestion. The government and others will verify the effect and consider whether to introduce it in earnest.
On the Kisarazu City side of the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line, shoppers and other cars concentrate on holidays, and severe traffic congestion frequently occurs on nearby ordinary roads.
The national government and Chiba Prefecture have introduced "road pricing" on a trial basis from the 22nd, which raises the toll toll from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. by 50% on the uphill line from Chiba Prefecture to Kanagawa Prefecture only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, and reduces the toll by 8% from 0:25 p.m. to midnight the next day.
On the first day, the 22nd, at the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line toll plaza in Kisarazu City, the display when ordinary cars used ETC was 1 yen, which was the normal fare until 800 p.m., but switched to 1,1200 yen from 22 p.m.
According to the Japan Road Traffic Information Center, traffic congestion occurred on the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line from around 2:4 p.m. on the 8nd due to a traffic accident, but there was no congestion on the general road leading to the entrance of the up line from early afternoon to about 0:600 p.m.
From 3 p.m. until midnight the next day, the fare for ordinary cars will be reduced to <> yen, and the government and others will verify the effectiveness of the trial introduction until March next year to alleviate the peak of congestion, and will consider whether to introduce it in earnest from next fiscal year.
Both pros and cons from users
Users of the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line voiced both pros and cons about the "Road Pricing" that began on the 22nd.
A man in his 40s who visited from Chigasaki City said, "I don't want to raise the price, because I have small children, I can't go home late and I can't benefit from the price reduction."
A man in his 20s who visited from Yokohama City said, "I didn't know that the price fluctuates, and I often use it during the daytime, so I don't want to raise the price."
On the other hand, a couple in their 50s who visited from Yokohama City for shopping said, "If the price is raised, I would like to go home at a staggered time.