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Boston City Councilors Debate Using Congestion Charges to Reduce Traffic – NBC Boston

By meerna Jul11,2024
Boston City Councilors Debate Using Congestion Charges to Reduce Traffic – NBC Boston

If you’ve ever commuted through Boston, you know how congested the bridges, tunnels, and streets can be.

The worsening traffic conditions prompted Councilwoman Tania Fernandes Anderson, representing the 7th Ward, to take action, proposing a flat fee for drivers entering the city centre during rush hour.

“This is something that will require cooperation, regional discussions, further research,” she said. “Let’s look at it.”

This approach is known as “congestion charging” and has had both successes and failures.

London and Milan implemented similar plans, but New York Governor Kathy Hochul cut power before the tolls could be implemented in Manhattan.

Ward 2 Councilman Ed Flynn believes low-income workers will suffer the financial consequences of implementing the policy in Boston.

“Punitively taxing workers is not fair in these difficult economic times,” he said. “Now is not the time to tax workers and the business community.”

Even those who see the benefits urge a cautious approach.

“It only works with a tax incentive for our drivers. We can’t forget about the working-class families who come to the city to work and earn minimum wage,” said 5th District city councilor Enrique Pepen.

“This process will take a long time to be completed successfully,” Fernandes Anderson said. “We have no intention of rushing this process.”

By meerna

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