If you’ve driven in Boston recently, chances are you’ve noticed quite a lot of company on the roads. Boston drivers spent 60+ hours stuck in traffic last year, according to the INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard. This is up 3% from 2016 and is estimated to have cost the city 5.7 billion dollars.
We’re not the only city facing this challenge. New York City ranked second on the INRIX scorecard (Boston was #7) with 91+ hours stuck in traffic. To alleviate this, New York is considering congestion pricing – charging drivers to drive through Manhattan’s main commercial districts. This would hopefully encourage people to find alternatives for traveling within the city, and the money generated could go towards public transit improvements.
Is it time for Boston to charge city drivers? Vote in our poll and add your comments in the section below.
Note: Congestion pricing in Boston is not currently in the works. It is an idea being considered in Manhattan that could potentially spread to other congested cities. As always, our web polls are not scientific, representing only those readers who choose to vote.