Cars line up at the Bay Bridge toll plaza.Craig Miller/KQED
Cars line up at the Bay Bridge toll plaza.
Craig Miller/KQED

The population living and working in San Francisco has been increasing in recent years; so has the number of cars trying to get in and out of  downtown. The laws of physics are at work here, of course, as more and more people — and vehicles — try to squeeze into the 49-square-mile tip of the peninsula bounded by ocean and bay.

One idea that has been floated to deal with this issue is congestion pricing, which has been tried in other cities with mixed results. We put this idea up for discussion, and it generated plenty of controversy.

  • City Hall is aggravating the traffic problem with its “smart[sic] growth” development policy: the Market/Octavia Plan (10,000 new residents, limited parking), and the Treasure Island project (19,000 residents on the Island that now has less than 3,000). The political problem City Hall faces in implementing Congestion Pricing: city residents overwhelmingly oppose it, 69% to 26% in the latest poll:

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