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San Mateo County border toll is off the table

Motorists may still one day pay to enter portions of The City, but the toll will not come at the San Mateo County border.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to continue examining proposals to charge motorists a toll for driving in San Francisco, a measure aimed at reducing traffic and increasing investment in transit and
infrastructure.

After receiving pressure from San Mateo lawmakers, including State Assemblyman Jerry Hill, the Board elected to abandon further study on an option that would have docked drivers $3 for crossing San Francisco’s southern border.

Hill, who threatened state legislation if the cross-border toll was forwarded, said the two counties had a communication breakdown about the measure.

“We did not have a discussion on this,” said Hill, who added that he was happily surprised the border toll was dropped. “It was a monologue from San Francisco telling us what they were going to do, and that was the problem.”

Supervisor Sean Elsbernd introduced the motion to drop the San Mateo County toll. He called the idea “ridiculous” and said it “ignores the real-world impacts on families.”

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority, a local planning body governed by the Board of Supervisors, said the fee — called a congestion-management toll — would raise $60 million to $80 million a year for transit causes, while decreasing traffic 12 percent and increasing transit speeds by as much as 25 percent.

One of the options for the toll, which would not be implemented before 2015 — and only after further approval — would charge motorists $3 for entering and leaving the northeast portion of San Francisco.

Voting 8-3 on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors agreed to further study the toll possibilities. Those reports are expected to cost about $1 million to $2 million, which will likely come from federal sources, according to TA officials.

Supervisors Carmen Chu, Michela Alioto-Pier and Bevan Dufty voted against the proposal.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

Southern gateway

A proposal to charge motorists a fee for crossing the San Mateo-San Francisco border has been dropped. Highlights from that plan:

  • $3 Fee for crossing San Mateo County border
  • $6 Daily max for motorists
  • $60 million Annual revenue raised by fee
  • 15 percent Increase in transit speeds
  • 20 percent Decrease in auto trips to and from southern border during peak travel times

Source: SFCTA

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