Articles of the Day: Is road pricing realistic?
To our south, it’s almost here:
Once the Oregon Legislature gets down to business this winter, lawmakers will consider whether to implement pay-by-the-mile starting two years from now. The proposed legislation says metered road use would apply only to new cars that average 55 miles per gallon or better.
In Los Angeles, the hidden toll of driving on the city’s congested highways has traditionally been time spent in traffic. Now, a new congestion-pricing pilot program implemented on November 10 allows single occupancy vehicles to pay a toll and drive in carpool lanes. Already, cars are zooming along at average speeds of 60 miles per hour during rush hour.