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Congestion Charges – Watch and Learn

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority believes that a price tag on downtown driving in the form of a business hour congestion charge will reduce gridlock and boost public-transit ridership.

Where will the funding come from if the City pursues setting up congestion charges for driving downtown during business hours? A good portion could come from the Federal government.

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) is looking for projects that will utilize the “four T’s”: tolling, transit, telecommuting and technology. It’s a $1 billion grant that will be split among up to five cities. San Francisco is one of the nine finalists after surviving an initial pool of 28 applicants. Final recipients will be selected this week.

In the meanwhile, a video documentary about vehicle congestion called “Contested Streets: Breaking New York City Gridlock” is available for viewing over high speed Internet connections
from Free Speech TV via their web site using this link: http://tinyurl.com/yw9fgt

You may also visit the program’s web site at www.contestedstreets.com to buy a DVD copy of the documentary.

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