Workshops planned over SF congestion pricing

July 23, 2008 6:19:47 PM PDT
Drivers might one day pay a fee to use downtown San Francisco streets during peak hours. That's because transportation officials are considering congestion pricing as a means of easing heavy traffic.

Last year, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority began a Mobility, Access and Pricing Study. Now the department wants the public's input on potential pricing programs, as well as feedback on how the generated revenues might be spent.

Officials say the fees could pay for transit improvements and road construction.

"It is a technique that has been very successful in other places. London, Stockholm come to mind because congestion is continuing to increase," says Jose Luis Moscovich with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.

A meeting is being held Wednesday night at the San Francisco Main Library. Four more workshops are planned over the next two weeks in the Bay Area.

Officials hope to have a set of recommendations for the authority's board of commissioners by December.


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