Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Congestion Pricing in SF: More unpopular than ever

In the Chamber of Commerce's 2015 public opinion poll, the Congestion Pricing idea---charging drivers $3 for driving downtown during commute hours---polled worse than ever: 76% oppose and only 20% support the idea that has been pushed for years by the SFCTA. It was 72% to 21% last year. 

The current head of that agency, Tilly Chang, spent much of her early career promoting Congestion Pricing, which would be a two-fer for City Hall: it would punish drivers of those wicked motor vehicles, and, just as important, raise a lot of money to maintain an already bloated City Hall bureaucracy.

The Chronicle never mentions the negative numbers on Congestion Pricing when it writes about the annual poll, which it failed to do again this year (Muni gets thumbs-up from likely voters in S.F. poll). Why? Probably for the same reason there's been no mention in the Chronicle of that UC study on the city's radically flawed method of counting injury accidents on city streets. Very Serious People in San Francisco are supposed to believe in the bicycle fantasy, anti-carism in general, and all the "improvements" the city is making on neighborhood streets. Can anyone remember the last time the Chronicle opposed an important City Hall policy?

Also unmentioned by today's story on the poll: that 75% of those polled think that parking on city streets is harder and 74% think traffic congestion is worse on city streets. 

The Chronicle notes that the poll numbers show that "voters aren't blaming local officials for the city's problems." 

Apparently city voters don't understand yet that City Hall's policies are responsible for making it harder to park and drive in the city, making congestion worse than it has to be.

The 2014 poll, and the 2013 poll.

The SFCTA has 61 employees making on average $64,197 a year.

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At 2:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's what you said about the polk street bike project. Look how that turned out!

At 3:14 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

No, the Polk Street bike project has never been the subject of a public opinion poll---or a vote by that neighborhood. A few years ago I suggested that the city hold a neighborhood election on that project, like the city did years ago on the Page Street traffic circles. Howard Chabner also proposed a neighborhood election for the Masonic Avenue bike project, an idea which, not surprisingly, the city rejected.

The city won't follow the Page St. precedent, since the neighborhood rejected the its traffic circles! Too much democracy would kill these special interest projects the city is foisting on the neighborhoods.


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