Japan Eyes Variable Expressway Tolls for Tokyo 2020

Sports Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 26 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government said Monday it plans to change expressway tolls in the Tokyo area between daytime and nighttime during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the capital to relieve traffic congestion.

The plan calls for charging an additional 1,000 yen for vehicles except logistics trucks and some others between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Tokyo sections of the Metropolitan Expressway network.

Between midnight and 4 a.m., tolls will be halved for all vehicles using electronic toll collection devices on all sections of the expressway network.

The variable toll system will be in place between July 20 and Aug. 10 and between Aug. 25 and Sept. 6 next year.

The expressway network is expected to be crowded with vehicles carrying spectators and officials during the games period, causing problems for transportation of athletes. The variable toll system is expected to help reduce traffic during daytime by encouraging people to use the network during nighttime.

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