‘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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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.

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