Los Angeles: Metro CEO supports congestion pricing, free fares on public transit

The head of Metro endorsed congestion pricing for Los Angeles Thursday, telling the agency’s board of directors Thursday that rush-hour tolls on drivers could fund free fares on public transit.

“We think that with congestion pricing done right, we can be the only city in the world to offer free transit service in time for the 2028 Olympics,” Metro CEO Phil Washington said.

It’s not clear yet how such a system would work, but if applied across the LA region, it could radically shift the way that people move around the city.

Washington suggested that a congestion pricing system would encourage more drivers to take public transit, while cutting down on LA’s notorious traffic.