Congestion Pricing Considered For Two More Bay Area Bridges

SAN MATEO (KCBS) – Officials on the peninsula have begun pushing for higher tolls during commute hours on the San Mateo and Dumbarton bridges.

Currently, the Bay Bridge is the only state-run span in the Bay Area employing congestion pricing, which raises tolls to $6 during commute hours, $4 at off-peak hours and $5 on weekends.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:
Proponents of congestion pricing on the peninsula call the Bay Bridge pricing tier a success.

“My primary reason is to ease congestion,” explained Richard Napier, executive director of the City-County Association of Governments of San Mateo County. “Because what happens is there are a lot of people who have flexibility in the time when they go and certainly by paying a higher fee during one time versus another, it’ll convince them to take that time. And so my primary reason is for the relief of congestion.”

The idea requires approval by entities on the peninsula, the Bay Area Toll Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

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  • Ron Veldan

    10 years ago, the bridge was $1, then $2 and then it’s been spiraling up ever since. When is enough enough? I don’t want to sit here and plan my day around a bridge crossing.

  • D. Rushton

    After being unemployed for two years, I just got a job in South San Francisco, commuting from Fremont. I have no choice in my commute time – I have to be at work from 8am to 5pm. The $5 toll has already forced me to make some unpleasant financial choices – if it goes up I will probably have to quit my job and look for something closer to home, no easy task in this economy and at my age (70). However, I’m sure this is already a done deal, with no consideration being given to the difficult economy and people’s need for food and shelter.

  • M. Johnson

    My primary reason is to ease congestion. Right, and revenue didn’t even enter my mind. Silly me.

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