City Chicago Considers Congestion Tax
posted by June 14 at 11:39 AMon
Chicago is the latest city—after New York, London, and several European cities—to seriously consider a congestion tax on vehicles entering the central city. The money would be used to fund the Chicago Transit Authority. Not surprisingly, the idea is faring poorly in an online poll hosted by the Chicago Tribune, whose readers oppose the idea 66 to 34 percent. (Meanwhile, more people than ever—77 percent of all Americans—are driving to work alone.)
But congestion pricing may be inevitable, and not just for Chicago. After all, many cities already tax traffic on bridges into and out of their borders—an acknowledgment that congestion does have a price, and that drivers are the ones who should have to pay it. Mayor Nickels?