Congestion Pricing Showdown: Assemblyman Jerry Hill To Address San Francisco Supes
|Seriously, take Caltrain. You're allowed to drink coffee and everything.|
Didn't we form the European Union to do away with lunacy like this?
Assemblyman Jerry Hill of San Mateo is taking the Mercutio position: A plague o' both your houses. He'll implore San Francisco's Board of Supervisors at today's meeting to not impose any congestion fee between the city and the Peninsula. And, if the supes don't listen, he tells SF Weekly he'll work with the Assembly to deflate the city's congestion pricing plan.
"If they want to look at the option of congestion pricing in the Financial District, that's fine. I'd be happy to support that," said Hill. "But when they suggest congestion pricing at a city or county border for driving through a city, that kind of flies in the face of good regional cooperation."
|Assemblyman Jerry Hill|
The Assemblyman said Peninsula motorists could be dinged to the tune of $1,500 a year, right when times, you know, they ain't so good. He hopes the Board of Supervisors listens to reason. But he isn't coming without a Plan B.
Should San Francisco move ahead with intercity congestion pricing "I'll introduce legislation in the California State Assembly to keep them from doing that."
And if, as Hill suspects, San Francisco would need to push for the passage of new state legislation in order to impose congestion pricing -- don't look to him for help.
Update: The supes took Hill at his word today. They voted, 9-2, to remove any notion of charging those entering or exiting the city's southern border from a federally funded study.