Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Congestion Plan Moves forward in San Francisco

"In a sign that the musing of one Board of Supervisors member is on course to become reality for Bay Area motorists, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority soon will receive $1.04 million from the Federal Highway Administration -- and add $260,000 in local funding -- to study how to implement a program similar to London's 3-year-old system of charging a flat fee to drive downtown during business hours.

That's $1.3 million to figure out how to collect millions from drivers willing to pay the freight to give a financial boost to public transit systems and perhaps curb traffic congestion.

And that's how, not if."

- This will improve life dramatically in downtown San Francisco. Pedestrians are under constant threat by cars in this area. The transit improvements alone make this plan worthy of a test.

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