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Should Peninsula Cities Consider Congestion Pricing

Original post made by Mike on Mar 31, 2008

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Why not?

Would lit help us qualify for Federal mass transport funds?

Would it stimulate a further development in better mass transit - even if privately run?

Let's think about this.

Comments (10)

Posted by Walter E. Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 31, 2008 at 8:53 pm

Congestion pricing would be just one more reason for me to stay away. I see little reason, now, to mass workers in one location. If your product is information you can work anywhere.


Posted by Becky Trout, Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Apr 1, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Becky Trout is a registered user.

Hi all,

Just thought I'd weigh in -- congestion pricing, or variable-priced toll lanes, is being seriously considered for the Bay Area. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is the agency in charge. Councilwoman Yoriko Kishimoto is PA's rep on this.


Posted by Jane, a resident of Professorville
on Apr 1, 2008 at 2:04 pm



a terrible idea, another socialist means of raising taxes. i am in favor of private toll roads or lanes in some areas, but keep the government out of that business


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2008 at 3:35 pm

They don't charge you to rid elevators whose only function is to make that building tenable. Transit is to make high rise work, so let high rise pay for it.
I am a railfan from way back, but get real.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2008 at 4:01 pm

The only place I could see it work on the Peninsula, apart from freeways, would be places like University Ave, Castro Street or other downtown type streets, possibly El Camino. The reason, I would then easily avoid them and those that feel they must drive them to park outside their favorite store(?) could pay for the privilege and the rest of us would be safer while we walked there.


Posted by Future Driving, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2008 at 7:53 am

At some stage in the future all cars will be wearing "fast track" just to drive down the street - I see the future and it is here!!!


Posted by Paul, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 2, 2008 at 1:31 pm

This is simply another way to fleece and torture people who must navigate jammed roads get to an 8:00 AM job.


Posted by Wilson, a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 4, 2008 at 11:32 am

Anything that will help to get business to move from Palo Alto and help us return to the nice pastoral ways of the past should be tried! and Retried until most of the people are out of our face.


Posted by FasTrak, a resident of Professorville
on Apr 4, 2008 at 5:37 pm

Paying bridge tolls has been traditional in the Bay Area for over 70 years. Electronic toll collection, the FasTrak system, now makes it easy and efficient to include designated freeway lanes and city streets as toll roads during commute hours. When toll money goes directly to maintain the roads and bridges in the toll program, I am all for it.

Just a 3% change in vehicle count makes the difference between bumper-to-bumper traffic and free-flowing traffic.

During commute hours, freeway diamond lanes should be available for use by toll-paying single passenger vehicles and free for vehicles with 2 passengers or more.

In Palo Alto, the streets designated as traffic arteries seem the most logical to include in congestion pricing toll programs; same deal, free for vehicles with 2 passengers or more; otherwise, toll.

With wireless electronic sensors, fiber optics, and sophisticated data base software, a fair and flexible toll system should be easy and cost-effective to design, install, and maintain.

Let's do it.


Posted by Donald, a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 4, 2008 at 9:43 pm

This is not a matter of punishing those who must drive. It is a matter of making people pay for the costs they impose on society. We have subsidized car drivers for far too long and abosrbed their costs into general funds. When I buy a tire for my bicycle the sales tax is used to build freeways that prohibit bikes. When a car driver's pollution causes lung disease we all pay for higher medical insurance. When car drivers crash into each other we all pay for the police and paramedics who deal with the afermath. We need to stop subsidizing single occupant vehicles and make them pay their fair share. The funds raised can help mitigate the negative consequences of automobile use.


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