Congestion pricing: San Francisco considering a fee to drive downtown

San Francisco officials are contemplating tolls to drive along busy arteries downtown, where traffic crawls so slowly that cars spend much of the journey sitting.

The county Transportation Authority board — also known as the Board of Supervisors — set aside $500,000 this week to study the idea and gather data on who drives downtown during rush hour and why. Still, one supervisor was skeptical, calling the fare a potential hardship for residents and businesses struggling to survive in a high-priced city.

“I don’t really dig it, it’s not my deal,” Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer said of congestion pricing. She voted to fund the study anyway.