Seattle city officials are considering four congestion-pricing plans in the downtown area as a way to alleviate snarled traffic. One is cordon pricing, which would create a toll-zone boundary. Another is area pricing, which includes trips both into and within a defined area.
A third is fleet pricing, which targets specific vehicle types, such as ride-hailing or commercial vehicles. The other option is a charge if traveling on a specific road. The city will next define goals and objectives before recommending a course of action. New York recently became the first U.S. city to adopt a congestion-pricing plan.
Seattle’s rank in a study of most-congested U.S. cities
Share of workers who drive who would be affected by congestion tolling in downtown Seattle
Share the average Seattle household spends from its budget for transportation
Share of workers in the Puget Sound region who commute on a bus
Share of emissions citywide that come from passenger and freight transportation
Hours people spend per year driving in congestion in Seattle traffic
Amount the average Seattle household spends annually on transportation
Annual cost of congestion per driver in Seattle
Number of new residents in Seattle since 2010
Lost productivity from time spent in Seattle traffic in 2017
City of Seattle’s entire 2019-2020 budget