San Francisco Scraps Plan To Charge Commuter Tolls

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – San Francisco has ditched a plan to charge commuters as much as $6 to cross the city’s southern border.

The Board of Supervisors voted 9-2 to kill the proposal Tuesday after Peninsula leaders threatened a retaliatory toll.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

The San Mateo County Times reports the plan would have cost Peninsula commuters up to $1,500 annually to drive in and out of San Francisco during morning and evening rush hour.

The fees would have generated an estimated $80 million annually to pay for local transportation projects.

Instead, the board approved the study of a plan to charge commuters who drive downtown during peak traffic times.

City leaders and the state Legislature would have to approve any toll before it takes effect in 2015. And it could be put up to a vote.

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  • dhooko

    about time our board of supervisors votted someting that would be detrimdntal of sf. if they had voted for it, what guarantee would the money collected be actually used for transportation and spent on other things.

  • GG
  • PC

    Who in City Hall came up with this idea?

    • EH

      The mayor’s office. The plan to charge people who drive downtown is also a bad idea. The last time I saw a presentation by the team who came up with this, the plan involved people being charged not only in downtown, but in the surrounding areas. The rationale was that people who wanted to avoid the toll in the financial district would just skirt around those areas. Thus, the team decided to charge people who cross an imaginary border that lies in places like North Beach. The toll would be a max of $6 per car per day. Bad idea all around.

  • Joe the SF Republican

    I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again: SF needs to tear down their Social Service Empire and then they wouldn’t be so desperate for money and create such foolish ideas like “toll roads” to the city. They could simply extend the residency requirement for assistance from the current two weeks to one year and save $100M+ per year. It would also give us residual benefits by scaling down the number of homeless who wonder our streets waiting for their number to come up on for new housing. Besides, welfare is suppose to be for local residents who fall on hard times, not every bum who wants to relocate to SF.

  • Josh

    Was there a plan to charge a toll? Or a plan to study three different toll options?

    Fact check, please

  • llj

    only a study. there is/was NO PLAN yet

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