SEATTLE — Seattle said Thursday it’s exploring possibly charging drivers to use some city streets to ease congestion and reduce pollution – using tolls to clear roads during peak driving times and shift people to public transportation and carpools.
An exact boundary, that would likely include downtown, has not yet been proposed.
The study examined how congestion pricing has worked in cities like London and possible ways the city could help people pay tolls who are struggling to make ends meet.
“Congestion pricing has the potential to provide many benefits that people in Seattle and the region value, including mobility, climate protection, and health. Much work remains before we will be ready to implement congestion pricing, and we look forward to engaging with the community as we move forward,” the SDOT report concluded.
Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office released this statement to KIRO 7:
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