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Peninsula Leaders Oppose San Francisco Congestion Toll

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – San Mateo County officials are urging San Francisco transportation leaders to scrap a plan that would charge commuters to enter or exit the city along its southern border.

The San Francisco Transportation Authority will consider at its Dec. 14 meeting whether to continue funding studies of congestion pricing. Under the plan, the city would charge a “gateway” toll of up to $6 to drive into or out of the city during peak hours.

Proponents say congestion tolls could raise up to $80 million a year for roads and public transportation, which would benefit both counties.

But local leaders in San Mateo County have signed a letter against the proposal. They told The Daily Journal that it would unfairly hurt their residents who commute to the city for work and also would push traffic onto local streets.

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