WILLIE BROWN: SF traffic is insane. It’s time to make drivers pay

Posted on April 14, 2019 4:20 am

It may be time to start charging drivers in downtown San Francisco. The streets are packed, and with all the construction going on, it’s becoming a nightmare even to walk.

You have to watch out for cars, buses, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, pedestrians and every other living thing that is occupying what little space we have left.

We need more space on the roadways, and the only way you get that is to cut down on car traffic.

Traffic management fees would clearly have an impact on the number of cars on the road. There are proposals out there, but they inevitably run into one big problem: Drivers hate the idea.

No surprise there. Most people don’t like taxes either, but they pay for things that society needs. And if there’s one thing downtown San Francisco needs, it’s breathing room.

And while I’m at it: The busy intersections should have the same stoplight programs that are being used on Stockton Street in Chinatown and Montgomery Street in the Financial District — in other words, pedestrians and cars do not use the intersection at the same time, so you don’t have cars trying to turn onto streets while people are crossing.

More in the San Francisco Chronicle

3 responses to WILLIE BROWN: SF traffic is insane. It’s time to make drivers pay

  1. Patty Armanini April 14th, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Da Mayor is getting old.. we drivers in SF and commuters already PAY for the privilege of driving in SF and our dollars finance the communities and businesses..
    Willie it seems is just trying to help the final demise of SF by charging for what.. ?? a Congestion tax ??.. really.. With all the mayhem, disease, crime, filth, dead junkies on the sidewalks, the return of medieval disease’s.. All it might take is for us to decide that we can get jobs in the surrounding cities and be safer and keep much more of our hard earned money. Willie is your standard democrat were taxes are the fix and nothing EVER gets fixed , even after they steal out money for intended purposes…


  2. Robert Cuppoletti April 15th, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    How dare the peasants delay Sr Willie full of Brown…


  3. Stuart Brownlee April 15th, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Why not move away to a a city that isn’t a s***hole?

    Sorry, am I making too much sense?


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