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Would you pay $10 to ease traffic congestion?

By queen
Thursday, July 9th, 2009 at 9:17 am in Misc. Transportation.

Traffic congestion is one of the most onerous elements of life in the Bay Area, many would likely agree. Would you be willing to pay $10 to spend less time fuming (literally) in traffic? A bill by Senator Loni Hancock (D-Oakland) that would allow local communities to raise money for programs easing traffic congestion passed the Assembly Local Government Committee July 8.

SB 205 would authorize county transportation planning agencies to put a local measure before voters that would impose a fee of up to $10 on each vehicle in that county to develop congestion-easing measures. Some examples: Coordinating signal lights, monitoring real-time traffic conditions to make rapid traffic light adjustments and providing drivers with traffic info on freeway message signs.

Would it be worth $10 to you?

(Photo: tronics, from Creative Commons on flickr.)

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