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Boston city councillors discuss introducing a congestion charge to curb traffic – NBC Boston

Boston city councillors discuss introducing a congestion charge to curb traffic – NBC Boston
Boston city councillors discuss introducing a congestion charge to curb traffic – NBC Boston

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

The worsening traffic situation is prompting action: Councilwoman Tania Fernandes Anderson, who represents the 7th district, is proposing a fixed fee for motorists who drive into the city center during rush hours.

“This is an issue that requires joint, regional discussions and further research,” she said. “Let’s dig deeper into the matter.”

This approach is called “congestion pricing” and has had both successes and failures.

London and Milan have implemented similar plans, but New York Governor Kathy Hochul pulled the plug on the funding before the toll could be introduced in Manhattan.

Ed Flynn, city councilor for the Second District, believes low-income earners will bear the brunt of the financial burden if the measure is implemented in Boston.

“Punishing workers with a tax is not fair in these difficult economic times,” he said. “Now is not the time to impose a tax on workers and the business community.”

Even those who recognize the benefits advocate a cautious approach.

“This will only work with tax incentives for our drivers. We must not forget the working families who drive to work in the city and earn a minimum wage,” said Enrique Pepen, city councilor for the 5th district.

“It will take a long time to complete this process successfully,” said Fernandes Anderson. “We have no intention of rushing it.”