A few weeks ago, I wrote a general, introductory sort of post about the possibility of implementing a congestion pricing scheme in San Francisco, similar to the one which has been proposed in other cities around the country, and which already has been quite successful in London over the past four years. Congestion pricing could charge a fee for drivers entering the central city (on top of any currently existing bridge tolls), and the money obtained through the fee would be turned over to the SFMTA to improve transit. The U.S. Department of Transportation has already secured for the Bay Area about $158.7 million, most of which would be used for congestion mitigation improvements in San Francisco — notably, adding a congestion fee to Doyle Drive that would vary with demand, and bringing Doyle Drive into conformance with earthquake safety standards.
This is only the beginning, though — Doyle Drive is only one roadway, after all — and the SFCTA is currently studying how a congestion pricing zone might work here: different scenarios, but also the transit, traffic, parking, and economic impacts. As part of the study process, the TA is hosting a series of public outreach workshops, including one this Wednesday. Here is the information on the meeting:
Congestion Pricing Community Workshop
October 17, 2007 (5:30 pm to 8:00 pm)
Milton Marks Conference Center
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Anyone who is interested in learning more about potential congestion pricing scenarios in San Francisco is encouraged to attend the meeting.