SF's Congestion Pricing Plan Advances

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.

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November 15, 2010, 5:00 AM PST

By Irvin Dawid

The plan centers on the Northeast 'Cordon' also, as it should since that section includes the congested downtown. Drivers who enter or leave from the city's southern border avoid the northern Golden Gate Bridge and northeastern Bay Bridge - both of which are tolled (the latter having congestion pricing) explaining the emphasis of the Southern Gateway in the scenarios.

The scenarios the supervisors will select from:

"-- Charge motorists $6 to leave the northeast sector between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. ...
-- Charge $3 in each direction to cross San Francisco's southern border.....
- -Charge to cross the southern border and include an extra fee to park in private lots in the northeast sector during the peak commute times....."

From SF Weekly: Congestion Pricing Likely To Be Killed By Prop. 26: "The Chron did note that "The plan may need voters' support" -- and this may end up being the real story. While the paper doesn't mention Proposition 26, the just-passed measure could very well kill congestion pricing -- and any number of fees local governments use to balance the books."

Thanks to Paolo (Paul) Pezzotta, AICP

Thursday, November 11, 2010 in San Francisco Chronicle

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