Los Angeles Feasibility Study Will Look at Congestion Pricing

Los Angeles has joined the metropolitan areas that are exploring congestion pricing systems.

The board of directors for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has approved two contracts totaling some $5.5 million to conduct a feasibility study evaluating the possibility of congestion pricing in the area.

Metro spokesman Dave Sotero said the study, scheduled to last between 18 and 24 months, would examine potential scenarios and help identify areas that may be suitable for a pilot program.

“The L.A. region is extremely congested,” Sotero told Transport Topics. “As Metro, we have the responsibility to explore initiatives that can help provide high quality options so people will spend less time traveling. That’s really our responsibility as the region’s transportation planner.