'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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    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.