'Congestion Reduction' Fee Mulled for Downtown Parking - NBC Chicago

'Congestion Reduction' Fee Mulled for Downtown Parking

Move considered as part of effort to get people to change their driving habits .

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    'Congestion Reduction' Fee Mulled for Downtown Parking
    Mayor Daley is proposing that meter rates and even parking garage taxes be hiked even higher along "congested corridors."

    Motorists who insist on parking in downtown Chicago -- either on the street or in commercial lots or garages -- would pay a "congestion reduction" fee for the privilege, under a mayoral plan in the works to ease traffic jams and generate transportation funding.

    Truckers who make downtown deliveries during peak periods would also pay a fee for every minute they block traffic, under the ordinance quietly introduced by Mayor Daley at Wednesday's City Council meeting.

    Fran Spielman has the details in Friday's Chicago Sun-Times.