Congestion Charges For Boston

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 17

We should have a rush hour congestion charge for Boston, 2 or 3 dollars for automobiles, 1 or 2 dollars if you are carpooling. The money should fund the MBTA, and cycling/ped infrastructure. It worked for Stockholm, it will work for us.

Boston doesn’t need to re-invent the wheel, we just need to find places in the world with awesome plans and copy them.

These things work, all we have to do is be brave enough to try them here.


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6 Responses to “Congestion Charges For Boston”

  1. By mtalinm on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    I wonder what would be more effective, enacting congestion charges or cutting the price of the commuter rail.

    the Mass Pike and Tobin bridge already have tolls. should they be raised?

    I guess one could put tolls on 93 north in the morning…

  2. By KillMoto on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    How about a flat rate of $3 per car per day, indexed to inflation.

    Car poolers can split the fee down the middle. I car-pooled for years – we split the fee for parking and for fuel, it’s easy math to split the congesgion pricing fee as well. No need to implement an unweldy carpook exception.

  3. By Tom on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    London started at $15/day, which proved over time not sufficient to deter traffic.

    Your suggestions of $1 – $2 – $3 wouldn’t cover the cost of administering the scheme, let alone deter 20% of rush hour traffic or contribute funding to public transit, I believe.

  4. By ChrisS on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    There should be a toll on I-93 (both north and south of the city) no matter what. Right now, the huge debt created by the Big Dig (which serves people north and south of the city) is being paid for by tolls on the roads from the east and west – totally unfair.

    A congestion charge works in London, because the traffic is 99% locals; very few tourists drive a car to London. Boston, on the other hand, has a huge number of out-of-town visitors who drive here. A congestion charge is going to hurt tourism, which would hurt the economy.

    If a charge was put in, you’d also want large parking lots at suburban transit locations – people driving in would be directed to park at a T stop just before where the charge kicks in, and continue their journey on the T. The parking at those T stops is *already* too crowded – so they’d need to expand those lots. You’d also need to make the cost of parking + T ride be less than the congestion charge.

  5. By JimmyZ on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    Boston drivers are the worst, people don’t come from other areas to drive poorly in Boston (ok, NH cranks do). If that were the case, then they would make the places they came from known for their poor driving, not just Boston. Charge them $20, anything is preferable to the way it is now.

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