Congestion pricing goes up for discussion 

The idea to charge drivers more to enter San Francisco during high congestion hours to relieve driver headaches is scheduled to be discussed by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority over the next two days.

The process, known as congestion pricing, is part of the county transportation authorities Mobility, Access and Pricing study that is aimed at reducing greenhouse gasses and managing congestion by charging fees to enter The City. The fees will vary based on the time of day.

A higher fee is intended to encourage drivers to take public transit, ride a bicycle or choose to enter The City during a less congested time, according to the county authority.

Before a pricing scale reaches the authority board, however, two community outreach meetings are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday on the second floor of the Ferry Building to gauge public opinion.

Any revenue generated from the congestion charges will be used to fund transportation, including public transit service, road improvements and bicycle or pedestrian projects, according to the county authority.

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