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I heard somewhere that if you remove 20% of the vehicles in peak hour, you'd eradicate something like two thirds of all traffic jams. Roads have always been designed to serve demand, which is a problem when your demand looks like this during any given day:

There's been talks of introducing per-mile-driven taxes over here. The last time that was on the political table, it also included a 'peak-hour-tax'. I'm rooting for that idea to make its return.