San Francisco Considers Charging Drivers to Enter or Leave Downtown

Posted by KQED News Staff – excerpt

…“We’re going to be faced with severe congestion at some point. We’re not able to say exactly when, but it’s certainly within the next, I’d say, 10 years. And if we don’t move decisively now, it might even be sooner than that,” said Tilly Chang with the SFCTA.
Chang said a plan to charge drivers to enter or leave downtown, known as congestion pricing, is again emerging as one solution to alleviate gridlock. She said something more is needed to really slow down the growth of traffic flooding into that area.
“We definitely see parking management and congestion pricing as examples of how we can encourage people to review their choices and to really think about, ‘Do I really need to make this trip in a car?’ ” Chang said…
A congestion pricing plan from the city Transportation Authority will soon undergo an environmental review. Any proposal the city develops would need approval from the Legislature… (more)

How about building some new parking garages as suggested by the Small Business Commission? That would help as much as anything. How about building those garages next to the freeway exists next to public transit  hubs so that people could get into the city and then easily transition to public transit? Wow! They just built a new BART parking garage in Richmond. But, San Francisco would rather eliminate parking than make it easy for folks to use Muni. Do the voters get to decide on this plan? Or will it be part of the Plan Bay Area scheme, financed by federal and state government debt?

Barnidge: Plan Bay Area will be either the best or worst thing ever to happen to us

By Tom Barnidge : mercurynews – excerpt

Ready or not, Plan Bay Area is knocking at your door. Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Association of Bay Area Governments officials are expected to approve it next month, climaxing a fight that’s produced enough bile to give the entire country acid reflux. In case you’re late to the party, you probably should know that supporters and opponents have slightly different views of this vision for the future:
What’s Plan Bay Area?
PRO: It’s an integrated, long-range transportation and land-use/housing plan that will support a growing economy, provide more housing and transportation choices, and reduce transportation-related pollution in the Bay Area
CON: It’s a conspiracy perpetrated by the MTC and ABAG to socially engineer peoples’ lives, herding them like cattle from their single-family homes and cars into transit villages.
Why is there a Plan Bay Area?
PRO: Senate Bill 375 requires California’s 18 metro areas to plan jointly for transportation, land use and housing as part of a “sustainable communities strategy” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light-duty trucks.
CON: Empty-headed bureaucrats, who couldn’t find a shadow on a sunny day, have swallowed Al Gore’s global warming nonsense and now are using it as their excuse to take control of our lives… (more)

These are not empty-headed bureaucrats. These are calculating property owners, banks and big energy CEOs that fear the independence solar energy provides.

Big energy utilities are the big winner. Crowding people into high rises will protect them from the the single family homes with yards that can be function without them. The big buildings produce more emissions than the cars, especially now that the car industry is producing cleaner, more energy efficient vehicles.

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Tuesday, June 11 – Public Hearing: Fiscal Year 2013/14 Annual Budget

TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013, 11:00 AM

Pursuant to California Public Utilities Code Section 131266, the following notice is hereby given:
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority will hold a hearing to consider the adoption of its Fiscal Year 2013/14 Budget at its regularly scheduled Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Committee Room, City Hall Room 263, at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, California.
After recommendation of the Fiscal Year 2013/14 Budget by the Finance Committee, the Board of Commissioners will consider the Fiscal Year 2013/14 Annual Budget in the amount of approximately $245.1 million at its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Legislative Chamber, City Hall Room 250.
Members of public will have an opportunity to provide input at both the June 11 and June 25 meetings.
The proposed budget is available for public review at the Board of Supervisors Clerk’s Office, City Hall Room 244, at the San Francisco Public Library (Main Branch), at the offices of various Chambers of Commerce, and at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority office at 1455 Market Street, 22nd Floor, as well as through the Authority’s website at
Proposed Budget and Work Plan FY13/14