I doubt many people in Pittsburgh have been following the progress of the congestion pricing idea, which is basically a plan to reduce traffic in peak hours usually by using a sophisticated electronic toll system. London has been doing this since 2003 and now it looks like New York and or San Francisco will be giving the idea a try.
"The federal government says it will give New York City $354 million to implement a system of traffic control called congestion pricing.During weekdays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., cars will be charged $8 and trucks $10 to enter Manhattan below 86th Street, the area that contains most of the places there people want to go. For vehicles already in the congestion zone, the tariff will be $4 a day for cars and $5.50 for trucks.
Critics say that congestion pricing will hurt businesses and jobs, but a leading New York business group says excess traffic and the accompanying long delays already cost the regional economy more than $13 billion and 50,000 jobs a year.
The New York Times reports: "Public opinion polls suggest that most Manhattan residents support the proposal but that residents of the other boroughs - Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx - do not." Coming from the people who would be paying the congestion tax, that's hardly a surprise." Of course, the looters in New Jersey, who don't even pay New York City taxes don't like the idea very much.
Given Pittsburgh's history as a city on the cutting edge of nothing, we can expect the idea to turn up here in about 30 years.