Letters: HOV toll, handicapped free parking; Market St. closure
- Published Friday, February 27, 2009, by the San Francisco Chronicle
Letters to the Editor
Why should any cars cross bridge for free?
Regarding <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/40602> "A fair
toll" (editorial, Feb. 26): How can carpoolers be upset about not
getting a free ride across our bridges, when they avoid miles-long
backups? And while we're at it, why in the world do handicap pass
holders get to park free anywhere? Does a physical limitation
automatically mean they're poverty-stricken?
Ralph Hueston Kratz
Any honest traffic engineer will tell you that when you close a
street to auto traffic, congestion on adjacent streets will increase.
If Market Street is closed to cars, as proposed by Supervisor Chris
Daly, the already severe congestion in the Financial District, the
Tenderloin and SOMA will only get worse. The sad truth is that this
is exactly what the anti-auto ideologues who run City Hall want --
more congestion. With more congestion, they can justify "congestion
pricing" and higher parking fees in the downtown and SOMA. The closure
of Market Street is just one more step toward their ultimate goal --
to force all San Francisco drivers out of their cars. For the record,
I have walked, taken Muni, ridden my bike and driven a car on the
streets of San Francisco for the past 45 years.
[BATN: See also:
Editorial: A fair bridge toll for carpools is long overdue
SF to study restricting cars on Market Street
SF Market Street car ban gains wider support
Carpoolers oppose plan for HOVs to pay bridge tolls too