Stating the obvious about SF and the proposed congestion pricing plan for downtown traffic. This plan is less about public transportation and more about generating revenue from a new tax on drivers coming into SF that then can be applied for general fund pet projects. Even when the money is committed to transportation it somehow ends up as general fund money through inter-agency loans.
Congestive pricing is classic San Francisco problem solving. Given the choice between a bold, sweeping, and innovative new idea that will make headlines across the country, and a basic, nuts-and-bolts solution that isn’t sexy, we go for the big splash every time. C’mon, it isn’t that people don’t want to use public transit – this is one of the greenest cities in the country. It is that the public transit we have isn’t a good alternative.
BTW, I love taking BART into SF but only if my meetings are after 11am because once the predominately empty carpool parking spaces at the BART station free up after 10am I can get a parking spot. If I show up at the BART station in Daly City at 9am, fugghetaboutit. I’ve never understood the logic of having a 200 empty carpool parking spaces in a parking lot that is regularly filled to capacity first thing in the morning.