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San Francisco eyes road tolls for cars leaving downtown in rush hour

By dcuff
Thursday, November 11th, 2010 at 9:23 am in Uncategorized.

Drivers leaving downtown San Francisco in the afternoon rush hour could be forced to pay a road toll of $6 , under a proposal to reduce traffic congestion. Also being eyed is a morning and afternoon road toll of $3  for those crossing the border between San Francisco and San Mateo counties.

 If you’re an East Bay commuter who works in San Francisco, this could be very pricey. San Francisco County transportation officials for years have been discussing the idea of road tolls . Now officials are getting more serious, and discussing the authorization of some detailed studies on imposing the tolls in 2015 for a six-month to one-year trial period. Read a story on it here and read here for San Francisco County Transportation Authority report on the proposal

If San Francisco adopted the tolls, it would be the largest application of congestion-based tolls in this nation. Singapore, London and Stockholm have used congestion tolls to reduce gridlock.

As you might imagine, some critics say the proposal is going too far to discourage car use. Mayor Gavin Newsom says he doesn’t like the proposal. But some transportation officials suggest radical measures are needed if San Francisco is going to fight congestion and reduce greenhouse gases produced by auto use.

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