Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl has called for a “congestion pricing” study that would look into the possibility of requiring motorists to pay a fee to enter Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Rosendahl introduced a motion in Los Angeles City Council Friday, August 17th, calling for a study that would explore the feasibility of implementing an innovative congestion pricing system for LAX and its surrounding communities.
The congestion pricing plan would require motorists to pay a fee to enter the airport area, charging a higher rate for vehicles registered outside Los Angeles County.
“Our traffic requires us to think ‘out-of-the-box’,” Rosendahl said. “I will leave no stone unturned in trying to find ways to free our streets, especially Westside streets, of traffic gridlock.”
Rosendahl said the congestion pricing plan, which would be paired with an automated people mover, could benefit Los Angeles. The plan continues the push to regionalize aviation traffic and fund mass transit projects in the city, the councilman said.
“This encourages regionalism and mass transit, and complements several proposed transportation projects, such as the Green Line extension and expanded FlyAway service,” Rosendahl said. “Congestion pricing has worked well in other cities. I am eager to learn about its feasibility in Los Angeles.”
City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, chair of the City Council Transportation Committee, added, “We have a traffic crisis in the city of Los Angeles. In order to provide comprehensive long term solutions we must examine the whole spectrum of congestion reducing strategies and decide which are the right fit for our city.”
As an alternative to driving, the automated people mover would provide quick and efficient transportation into the airport free of charge, Rosendahl said.
Rosendahl’s motion, which was seconded by Greuel, calls for the city to review the congestion pricing plan to see if the system would benefit Los Angeles and provide similar results.
London, Singapore and Stockholm are cities that have implemented congestion pricing plans that successfully reduced congestion and financed infrastructure improvements, officials said.
The motion specifically directs the Los Angeles Department of Transportation to form a working group with the chief legislative analyst; the chief administrative officer; Council District 11; and Los Angeles World Airports, the agency that operates LAX, to conduct the study.
Currently, more than 25.6 million cars enter LAX each year, contributing to gridlock in the surrounding streets and neighborhoods, delayed access to the airport and decreased customer satisfaction, officials said.
The motion was referred to the City Council’s Transportation Committee.