LA Metro Approved A Congestion Pricing Study With Goals To Reduce Traffic

By Malia Wooten

Looks like we’re following suit of other major cities!

I think that we can all agree that congestion in the city is bad… like, really bad! And by the look of things, it’s only getting worse. So in order to try and find a way to reduce the gridlock in the city, the Metro Transportation Authority wants to conduct a study to examine the feasibility of fees and potential ways fees could be assessed on a driver.

If you haven’t heard of “congestion pricing”, it pretty much requires paying a fee for entering a congested zone in Los Angeles or for the number of miles you drive. As annoying as it sounds, advocates in Stockholm, Sweden say that the program reduced their traffic rates by 20 percent. New York City just began their take on congestion fees by charging taxis and rideshares and potentially requiring every car that enters Manhattan to pay along the line.

Metro’s plan is to make driving easier for everyone and to promote the use of public transportation – they even aim to make sure that even low-income laborers who have to drive in congested areas receive discounted fees.

No rush to try to break your lease to move back home just yet, Metro said the study will take two years to complete!

Also published on Medium.