A new plan could make San Francisco the first in the nation to charge a toll to drivers passing through certain congested streets areas during peak commute hours.
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority released details of two years of study, which looked at congestion tolls implemented in London and Stockholm, a practice often cited as successful in reducing traffic and pollution.
The authority says its $3 toll is designed to influence drivers to instead take public transportation, walk or ride a bicycle. Under the proposal, drivers would pay when passing through the busy northeastern part of the city on weekdays between 6 and 9 a.m. and 4 and 7 p.m.
The plan needs approval of the mayor and Board of Supervisors.