San Francisco Wants To Charge Drivers To Enter or Exit Downtown
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) is considering implementing congestion pricing in the city’s downtown area to solve some of the city’s traffic issues. The main aims of the project are to “get traffic moving and achieve goals around street safety, clean air, and equity.”
Congestion pricing is a broad term for a system that charges people based on the use of a roadway. The specific type under consideration for San Francisco is “cordon pricing,” which charges people a flat rate every time they enter or exit a certain zone of the city.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the SFCTA is currently considering two possible zones for cordon pricing: a small one around the Financial District, Chinatown, Tenderloin, and South of Market neighborhoods, and a larger zone that would include North Beach, Russian Hill, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Mission Bay to the south.
Under the current proposal, authorities would only charge the congestion prices during rush hours in the morning and the evening. The plan would also include a full exemption for the lowest-income drivers, and possible exemptions for people with disabilities and those who live inside the zone.
Everyone making $100,000 a year or more would pay $6.50 to enter or exit the city center.
SFCTA claims that most of the people subject to the new fees would be higher-income drivers (making $100,000 a year or more) who commute into office buildings in the city.
Even so, not everyone is enthusiastic about the idea of making it more expensive for people to work or patronize businesses in the heart of downtown San Francisco, especially during a pandemic. It would amount to just one more fee on top of a load of taxes that California residents already pay to live and work in the state.
“CONGESTION PRICING IN SF?” said San Francisco political commentator Richie Greenberg on Twitter, “Nuts,
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