Los Angeles: Metro will recommend moving forward with congestion pricing, says CEO (War on Cars Watch)

Metro CEO Phil Washington told members of the transit agency’s congestion, highway and roads committee on Wednesday that staffers would recommend pursuing “some form” of congestion pricing at a meeting of the Board of Directors next week.

congestion pricing policy, in which drivers are charged for using traffic-clogged roadways during peak hours, could have huge ramifications for commuters in the nation’s most gridlocked urban area.

Last month, Washington suggested that funds raised through a congestion-based toll system could be used to fast-track major transit projects in time for the 2028 Olympics and to subsidize free fares on Metro trains and buses.

Washington was similarly enthusiastic Wednesday about the potential of congestion pricing to both ease traffic and get cars off the road.