D.C. mayor wants to study traffic congestion fee

WASHINGTON – Driving into the District could get more expensive.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has a plan for fewer cars in the nation’s capital and wants to study the feasibility of a congestion fee to help accomplish that goal, ABC 7 reports.

The fee would target those driving into D.C. during times of high traffic.

“In partnership with neighboring jurisdictions, the District will carefully analyze the feasibility and impact of a congestion fee structure that targets people traveling into the District during peak hours by vehicle,” Gray’s Sustainable D.C. Plan says. “This analysis will explore the economic, social, and environmental costs and benefits of introducing some form of a congestion fee on a regional scale.”

The plan also includes action items of expanding car-sharing programs and implementing an expanded performance-based parking program.

Gray hopes to limit commuter trips made by car in the District to just 25 percent by 2032. There’s no timeline for when the plan might take effect.

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