Congestion Pricing

March 19, 2011, 7am PDT
This video from <em>Streetfilms</em> explains the concept of congestion pricing and looks at how it can affect cities and their mobility.
Streetfilms
March 16, 2011, 9am PDT
The Democrat, Maxine Waters, objects to the 10 & 110 Freeway high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on the basis of equity while Rep. Gary G. Miller, the ranking CA Republican on the House Transportation Committee, sees it as "double taxation".
Los Angeles Times
Blog post
March 9, 2011, 7am PST

A few weeks ago the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) released its latest Urban Mobility Report, and yesterday INRIX released its National Traffic Scorecard 2010 Annual Report. Both paint a grim picture of roadway conditions.

“America is back on the road to gridlock,” warns INRIX.

Todd Litman
February 1, 2011, 8am PST
If a San Mateo County agency has its way, congestion pricing will be applied to two toll bridges to create additional revenue and reduce congestion as was done successfully on the S.F./Oakland Bay Bridge last July - but there are major differences.
San Mateo County Times via Mercury News
January 14, 2011, 6am PST
Motorists driving into San Francisco during the morning rush hour are getting onto the Bay Bridge four minutes faster since July, largely due to congestion pricing.
AltTransport
December 14, 2010, 8am PST
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.
San Jose Mercury News
December 9, 2010, 11am PST
TheCityFix looks at the future of the automobile in cities and the possibilities of moving people in to alternative modes in times when car ownership rates are still exploding.
TheCityFix
December 3, 2010, 2pm PST
San Mateo County officials have a bone to pick with their bigger neighbor (in population, not area) to the north, San Francisco: don't charge us to drive there. Unlike drivers from East and North Bay counties, no bridge tolls separate the counties.
The San Mateo Daily Journal
November 15, 2010, 5am PST
Three possibilities for tolling San Francisco's downtown have been advanced by the Board of Supervisors; two involve tolling the 'Southern Gateway', the only entrance to the peninsula city that is untolled. However, Prop 26 could doom the plan.
San Francisco Chronicle
October 10, 2010, 1pm PDT
Yonah Freemark reports that there are more politically palatable ways to ease traffic congestion than congestion pricing.
the transport politic
July 30, 2010, 9am PDT
July 1 marked the $2 premium, commuter toll on the Bay Bridge, as well as new first-time charges for car pools on all Bay Bridges, and increased tolls ($5) on seven state-owned bridges. Congestion on Bay Bridge reduced by half during morning peak.
ABC News via KGO-TV
July 14, 2010, 5am PDT
After three years of false starts, there is renewed interest in a congestion pricing plan for the Chicago area.
Chicago Tribune
June 30, 2010, 11am PDT
The Bay Area's first experience in peak-hour road tolling starts July 1. At 10 am, the Bay Bridge toll decreases to $4 from the $6 commute toll that starts at 5 am - will motorists intentionally slow to save $2 as they approach the tolls at 10 AM?
San Francisco Chronicle
June 1, 2010, 1pm PDT
In Jan., the Bay Area Toll Authority approved a new toll schedule that charges carpoolers $2.50, half the regular toll, effective July 1 to cross the seven state owned Bay Area bridges. On May 28, the Golden Gate Dist. approved a $3 carpool rate.
San Francisco Chronicle
May 26, 2010, 1pm PDT
London Mayor Boris Johnson is proposing a plan to scrap the extension of the city's congestion charge in the west, instituted by his predecessor. Some say the city's air pollution and congestion improvements will be lost.
Guardian
May 24, 2010, 8am PDT
Lester Brown explores how bus rapid transit systems and other innovations are transforming transportation in cities across the world.
Grist
May 3, 2010, 11am PDT
In April 2008, the NYS Assembly rejected NYC Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing proposal for Manhattan. A subsequent attempt to toll the free East & Harlem River bridges also failed. Bruce Schaller (NYC-DOT), involved in both efforts explains why
TOLLROADSnews
April 19, 2010, 1pm PDT
Director of the White House Office of Urban Policy Adolfo Carrión says that The White House wants to encourage the creation of "neighborhoods that are rich with opportunity."
City Limits
February 5, 2010, 9am PST
In April, 2008, the state assembly rejected Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan. In this recent panel, the experts agree that the revenue the project would have produced for improving city transportation infrastructure is vital to its future.
Streetsblog
January 23, 2010, 9am PST
Opponents of High-Occupancy-Toll lanes have long claimed that these lanes, often converted from High Occupancy Vehicle lanes like Miami's I-95, would encourage solo-drivers, especially wealthier ones, to pay to use the express lanes.
Streetsblog San Francisco