LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — How much would drivers in Southern California pay to avoid traffic? It’s a situation Los Angeles County officials are about to contemplate.

Three different models of congestion pricing have been developed and officials plan next month to ask Metro’s board of directors to approve a study on the issue.

The first plan is a quadrant model that would charge drivers to enter certain neighborhoods or districts like downtown Los Angeles.

One tourist from Ohio was skeptical about the quadrant model, but admitted the plan had merit.

“Charged, and then have to pay to park also?” Jayara Carpenter asked with a chuckle. “That would cut down on a lot of traffic though, actually.”

But Anthony Esquivel thought that idea was not fair to people who have to come to areas like downtown.

“To have to pay to drive around down here, I think that’s a little unfair because people come out here to work, eat, sight-see – we shouldn’t have to pay extra to be in the streets,” he said.

Another model is based on the miles a vehicle has traveled, which would tax drivers based on the miles they drive.

Visitor Jaime Arington said that if that plan was put into practice, she would use public transportation.

“Well, uh, I’ll get on the train,” she said. “So I guess it would stop a lot of traffic, though.”

A third model is the corridor model, which would compel drivers to pay to use major highways and freeways like the 5, 10, or 405.

Money raised from any of these congestion pricing plans could help the county pay for transit projects ahead of the 2028 Olympics.

Comments (2)
  1. Kenneth Burkenheim says:

    They all sound like a tax on the poor. If you work downtown and need your car, you are out of luck even at minimum wage. Also why go shopping downtown either. Not a good idea.

  2. Josh Moore says:

    If LA had a passable public transportation system like SF or NY that actually got you around the city without having to change 3 busses, 2 trains, etc, then i wouldn’t necessarily be opposed to this.. however, as of now, it takes me over an hour, with a total of 5 transfers to take the bus/train from my house in the San Fernando Valley to DTLA when I have to work down there, which is just not feasible on a frequent basis..

    Really, I think that what it comes down to is this: Better, more accessible public transportation will do just as well of a job at easing congestion as either of these plans will (if not possibly better), without raising the cost of living out here even further than it already is for everyone, ESPECIALLY the poor/lower-middle class working people.

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