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LA Metro to explore congestion-relief pricing, mobility fees to encourage transit use
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board voted today to further explore congestion-relief pricing and new mobility fees for ride-share companies in an effort to reduce traffic and encourage public transit.
Both efforts are a part of Metro’s “Re-Imagining of Los Angeles County: Mobility, Equity and the Environment” plan, which is designed to guide policies and changes needed to sustain Los Angeles, Metro officials said in a press release.
Metro approved today a 12- to 24-month feasibility study to evaluation potential models and locations to test congestion-relief pricing, which uses tolls to more effectively manage traffic flow. Upon completion of the feasibility study, Metro's board will consider a pilot program to test the concept, Metro officials said.
The study will also develop a plan for transit service improvements to provide faster and more reliable trips as an alternative to driving.
Moreover, Metro will study the idea of levying fees on new mobility devices such as electric scooters, Uber, Lyft and other ride-share companies whose vehicles contribute to congestion, agency officials said.
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