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.
Dec 9, 2010 TheCityFix
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.
Dec 3, 2010 The San Mateo Daily Journal
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.
Nov 15, 2010 San Francisco Chronicle
Yonah Freemark reports that there are more politically palatable ways to ease traffic congestion than congestion pricing.
Oct 10, 2010 the transport politic
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.
Jul 30, 2010 ABC News via KGO-TV
After three years of false starts, there is renewed interest in a congestion pricing plan for the Chicago area.
Jul 14, 2010 Chicago Tribune
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?
Jun 30, 2010 San Francisco Chronicle
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.
Jun 1, 2010 San Francisco Chronicle
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.
May 26, 2010 Guardian
Lester Brown explores how bus rapid transit systems and other innovations are transforming transportation in cities across the world.
May 24, 2010 Grist