Tolls Incite San Francisco Peninsula Border War

The mere possibility that a SF County Transportation Authority study could result in a 'border' charge (congestion toll) to drive into SF from San Mateo County has the latter floating their own competing toll for motorists entering San Mateo County.

The 'southern gateway' option is what has the southern county, San Mateo, so upset. Alternative options would focus only on the downtown district and would apply to motorists entering from any direction.

"Instigating what one Peninsula politician said would be a "border war," some San Mateo County officials said they would try to implement a toll to enter the county from the north during rush hour if San Francisco enacts a similar entrance fee for its city. The threat by Peninsula leaders is an effort to persuade San Francisco leaders to shelve their plan.

The toll proposal has Peninsula commuters irate over the possibility of having to pay up to $1,500 a year to get to work, and local leaders are fighting back.

From SF Chronicle: Toll scenarios ready for scrutiny: "San Francisco supervisors, acting in their role as Transportation Authority commissioners, are scheduled to decide Tuesday (Dec. 14) whether to halt or endorse further evaluation of a proposal to impose a toll for driving in certain areas of the city during peak commute periods. Details of the project can be found at www.sfmobility.org".

Thanks to The Roundup

Full Story: Peninsula threatens toll in response to San Francisco

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Border Toll War Heats Up With Legislative Threat

"Assemblyman Jerry Hill will craft legislation to oppose a plan to charge motorists a $3 toll to enter San Francisco at the county line.

Hill, D-San Mateo, will announce his plan to introduce the legislation to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors today. The board, acting as the city’s transportation authority, is expected to vote today on whether to pursue studying “congestion pricing” in the financial district and at the county line, also called the southern gateway....continues
Irvin Dawid, Palo Alto, CA

SF Drops SM County Congestion Pricing

update: SF supervisors caved and dropped the plan for an entrance fee from SM county.
http://sf.streetsblog.org/2010/12/14/sf-congestion-pricing-study-moves-f...

"some San Mateo County officials said they would try to implement a toll to enter the county from the north during rush hour if San Francisco enacts a similar entrance fee for its city."

I hope the idea spreads, and cities all over the Bay Area and the US charge entrance fees. It will make cars pay something a bit closer to their real cost, and it will be a good source of revenue for cities.

Charles Siegel

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