You're cruising down I95 or I93. You have had the music loud and windows down since before the Hampton, New Hampshire, toll. Your mood changes faster than the norovirus in an elementary school.

All you see is a glow of red brake lights...Boston traffic.

We have all been stuck there. That is why many of us New Englanders choose to live in New Hampshire and Maine.

But are we now saying goodbye to traffic in Boston, Massachusetts, for good?

Maybe. The city is trying at least.

"Boston officials are proposing a $15 fee for commuters who opt for driving instead of public transportation when traveling into the city," according to a Boston Uncovered article.

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This idea may sound crazy. I mean, $15 for a toll is certainly outrageous at first glance. However, the idea is not as crazy as it sounds, and is already in place elsewhere.

"The proposal from City Councilor, Tania Fernandes Anderson, is actually inspired by an existing law in New York City that charges up to $15 per vehicle for driving into certain parts of Manhattan," according to Boston Uncovered.

Boston was recently ranked the “fourth worst traffic in the world,” as commuters can spend an average of two hours each way in daily city traffic. This $15 toll would help combat that traffic.

It would encourage people to take public transportation, carpool, or find other alternative ways to get to the city.

As of now, the $15 toll proposed in Boston would only be for passenger vehicles. If the plan expands to replicate Manhattan's, it could look something like this:

  • Passenger vehicles: $15
  • Small trucks (like box trucks, moving vans, etc.): $24
  • Large trucks: $36
  • Motorcycles: $7.50

How do you feel about this? Do you think it will work? Or is this just outright wrong?

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