ATLANTA – City officials are looking into the idea of having drivers who live outside Atlanta pay up when they drive into Buckhead and Midtown.
Councilman J.P. Matzigheit says traffic has gotten so bad in Buckhead from drivers outside the city, that he has commissioned a study to look at possibly creating what is essentially a congestion tax.
“Over 90 percent, in fact, of the people that work in Buckhead, don’t live in Buckhead, so they have to commute in every single day,” Matzigheit said.
Matzigheit said it’s a quality of life issue for people who live there. His plan would be for people who drive into the city would pay a toll when they crossed a certain street.
“All options need to be on the table to address traffic. It’s a real quality of life issue that I’m committed to solving and will use all means to do that,” Matzigheit said.
He says city planners will study congestion fees, officially called cordon pricing, all year. Other cities like London and now New York have committed to the idea.
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