Massachusetts lawmakers consider congestion pricing to ease ‘traffic crisis’ in East Boston

Massachusetts lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on legislation looking to establish a pilot program to test time-of-day pricing for tolls in East Boston to help reduce congestion by offering discounts to drivers during off-peak hours.

“When we talk about congestion, the number-one policy recommendation of any expert in the field is congestion pricing, all around the country,” said state Sen. Joseph Boncore, a Winthrop Democrat and chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation. “We’ve seen it work in other cities, and if we’re going to have a really serious conversation about doing something, I think it needs to be part of the solution.”