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Should the Westside become the first tolled zone in LA? New study says congestion pricing could reduce commute times and traffic

A freeway entrance sign stands near the Burbank Boulevard ramp on Interstate 405 thirty minutes before the shutdown of the freeway to demolish the Mulholland Bridge over Interstate 405 at the Sepulveda Pass on July 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles city officials are advising residents to stay home or stay away from the area during what has become known as "Carmageddon," the 11-mile shutdown of Interstate 405 for 53 hours over the weekend, for fear of massive traffic jams. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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A freeway entrance sign stands near the Burbank Boulevard ramp on Interstate 405 thirty minutes before the shutdown of the freeway to demolish the Mulholland Bridge over Interstate 405 at the Sepulveda Pass on July 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California

Southern California Association of Governments released SoCal’s first study on congestion pricing today.

Southern California Association of Governments released SoCal’s first study on congestion pricing today.

The analysis found that charging Angelenos $4 to drive in the West LA and Santa Monica area could significantly reduce traffic and commute times. According to the study, charging the fee in the 4.3 square-mile area west of the 405 and north of the 10 Freeway would minimize congestion by more than 20%. The reduction in driving would also lead to an increase in biking, walking and transit ridership.

Some community members oppose the proposal of toll zones. One Brentwood resident said she might not frequent an area if paying to enter the neighborhood was a requirement. A resident from Koreatown said he would have take too many tools and supplies on public transit.

Researchers said the toll fees would make up an annual average of $69 million in net revenue.

Should the Westside become the first tolled zone in LA? What do you think?

Share your thoughts: Call us at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Darin Chidsey, interim executive director at Southern California Association of Governments

Mike Bonin, Councilmember for the 11th District of the City of Los Angeles, which includes Brentwood, Ladera, Venice and the area the SCAG study focuses on

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