Another thought on dealing with traffic
Kauai County should consider congestion pricing as a way to battle the traffic situation here on the cosmic Garden island.
Congestion pricing is a fee charged to drivers for the privilege to drive during heavy traffic, to help alleviate the situation. Since 2003, drivers in London have paid a daily rate of about $16 to access the heart of the city from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m on weekdays. Many U.S. cities with traffic gridlock are thinking of implementing this process, including Honolulu.
Before this could be implemented, the county bus would need to be ready for an influx of many more passengers. This would be great tax revenue for the county and get motor vehicles off the roads.
Also, every car rental could be accessed the $16 fee or whatever fee determined by our representatives. In the long run, it would get cars off the roads, people using mass transit and more tax dollars for the many problems facing our community. I believe it’s something our county council and new mayor should look into.
James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapaa