Would this work in Palo Alto Palo Alto Issues, posted by WOuld this work?, a resident of Stanford, on Nov 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm
San Francisco is thinking of implementing a plan to charge people that cross in and out of San MAteo county into San Francisco during peak hours a $3 each way toll. The question is is this something that Palo Alto should look into. Since traffic is such a major problem in our city, this may kill two birds with one stone--raise much needed revenue for putting into the libraries, funding the Children's Theatre, a historical museum, our zoo, paying for consultants etc. and hopefully decrease the amount of traffic in town so that we can truly have a walkable city.
Posted by Dumb idea for PA, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 17, 2010 at 4:53 pm
No this would not work in Palo Alto unless you want to drive all business out of the City. It would be very easy for Facebook, HP, and all the other tech companies to leave town if their employees were charged $3. per day to come to work then $3. to go home. No other nearby city is even contemplating milking their employee base that way.
The only reason San Francisco is contemplating a $6. commuter charge is because commuters driving in from the East Bay and Marin will soon be paying a $6 bridge toll. This proposed $6. charge for peninsula auto commuters will even the playing field. Incidentally, if SF goes through with this charge it may increase CalTrain's ridership, which will be a good thing.
If you want to pay an auto toll to get into a big city move to London!!!!
Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 17, 2010 at 5:11 pm
This proposed charge for vehicles is similar to that in London. It is expensive to initiate and maintain, but it works in London. Of course it won't work in Palo Alto, but San Francisco with its only non bridge entry along a narrow peninsula could be much easier to institute than London.
I am all for it. I never drive to San Francisco except to drive visitors across the Golden Gate type of reasons. If this money were used to improve Caltrain it could turn into a win/win.
Posted by Give it a try, a resident of the Charleston Gardens neighborhood, on Nov 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm
"Palo Alto still seems to have plenty of space."
Not according to what you hear at almost a daily basis here in the city. We are constantly told that our schools are overcrowded, that we cannot have any more housing, that there is too much traffic, Stanford expansions are bad and the complaints go on and on. Maybe driving all the business from the city would help alleviate these problems by making Palo Alto an unattractive place to work and live. Also it may prevent Palo Alto residents from shopping outside of the city, if they have to pay a toll to exit and enter. this is worth a try to help solve the pressing problems that are negatively affecting the qulaity of life here.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Nov 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm
Palo Alto should pay me every time I enter their fair city (which I try to avoid) because I bring in revenue. I want my reward for putting up w/the Shallow Alto attitude! That said, Menlo should pay me $2 & Atherton, well, $10!