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Tourists May Soon Have to Pay to Drive San Francisco’s Lombard Street

AFAR logo AFAR 9/7/2019 Associated Press
a tall building in Lombard Street: Tourists May Soon Have to Pay to Drive San Francisco’s Lombard Street © Courtesy of AP Photo/Eric Risberg Tourists May Soon Have to Pay to Drive San Francisco’s Lombard Street

California lawmakers approved a bill Thursday granting San Francisco the power to establish a toll and reservation system for Lombard Street. The bill still needs Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature.

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority has recommended $5 per car weekdays and $10 weekends and holidays.

Residents say the scenic street has become more like an overcrowded amusement park than a neighborhood street. They have been calling for years for officials to address traffic jams, trash, and trespassing.

Tourism officials estimate that 6,000 people daily visit the 600-foot-long street in the summer, creating lines of cars stretching for blocks.

This story will continue to be updated as new information unfolds.

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