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Surge Pricing For Driving LA Streets? It Could Soon Happen
The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors is looking at aggressive measures for tackling LA traffic.
Officials hope the strategy could make automobile travel faster by getting more people off the road while offering more accessible public transport.
“Our current road networks are extremely congested, with almost all major roadways clogged during rush hour,” Inglewood Mayor and Metro Board Chairman James Butts said. “Everyone knows this causes inconsistent and frustratingly slow travel times. I think we have reached a tipping point. We are now forced to think outside the box in search of new ways to combat our worsening traffic.”
Congestion relief pricing charges drivers for when and where they travel — similar to rideshare surge pricing — and uses those funds to pay for public transit. Metro officials said any use of congestion relief pricing would be accompanied by improvements in transit and other mobility options, such as walking and bicycling paths.
Metro also awarded a $1.9 million contract with a $589,840 extension option to Guidehouse LLP to facilitate public outreach for the feasibility study. Metro officials said the outreach will be conducted with community-based organizations representing low-income residents and other vulnerable populations.
As part of the feasibility study, Metro plans to create a stakeholder advisory panel. The study is expected to take 18 months to two years to complete.
City News Service and Patch Staffer Paige Austin contributed to this report.