Saturday, February 16, 2019

UPDATE: Congestion Pricing in San Francisco

UPDATE - February 16, 2019

The study of congestion pricing in San Francisco will again commence after an interlude.

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), has been leading the effort to understand what possible scenarios exist in San Francisco for congestion pricing since 2010. The SFCTA Commissioners have recently appropriated $500,000.00 to study the possible new permutations that may lead to a charge for driving in and out of a specified zone in San Francisco.

Click here for more information.

Click here for a recent article on the new deliberation in the San Francisco Chronicle.

From 2010-2013, BOMA San Francisco members were in opposition to congestion pricing due to a number of factors that may not have been considered by the SFCTA including:
  • Efficacy 
    • Can a small city - relative to London where congestion pricing exists - enact such a traffic pricing scheme effectively?
    • Will it, in fact, alleviate the traffic issues that currently exist?
  • Feasibility
    • How would a plan be implemented with out impacting traffic flow and commerce?
      • What about commercial vehicles and residents who might travel in and out of the congestion pricing zone multiple times on a daily basis? 
The economy has grown and how people utilize various forms of transportation - ride sharing in particular - in San Francisco has changed dramatically since 2010. What may have been seen as a hindrance to commerce and effective traffic flow might need to be revisited with BOMA member involvement. BOMA San Francisco's Government Affairs Policy Advisory Committee (GAPAC) will lead the policy discussion for the commercial real estate industry and we welcome your comments.

Please email with questions or your feedback.

Original Post - September 30, 2013

BOMA San Francisco Members:

BOMA San Francisco Government Affairs Policy Advisory Committee (GAPAC) members met with Tilly Chang, Executive Director for Planning for the San Francisco County Transportation Authority recently for an update on the issue of congestion pricing.

Please click here to review Tilly's presentation to the GAPAC.

BOMA San Francisco opposes congestion pricing as it will damage the San Francisco economy.  Indeed, a recent article published in the San Francisco Examiner authored by BOMA San Francisco Executive Vice President Marc Intermaggio and BOMA San Francisco President Steven Ring detail the association's position on the issue.

Nevertheless, our members are an intrepid lot, willing to work with the City and County of San Francisco on issues that pertain to the commercial real estate industry.  Tilly kindly listened to our concerns as the BOMA San Francisco Advocacy staff and members reiterated the need for BOMA members to be at the table for any future discussion of congestion pricing models in San Francisco, whatever their form.

Thank you to Tilly Chang and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority for their outreach and for working with BOMA San Francisco members.

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