Driving in downtown Seattle? You may soon have to pay a toll

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has unveiled a dozen initiatives aimed at tackling the city’s persistent carbon problem. Congestion pricing, also known as tolls, tops the list.
Any tolling system on cars entering downtown would help fund expanded transit service and more electric-vehicle charging stations in underserved neighborhoods, according to the mayor’s office.

The measures are intended to help Seattle turn a corner on its spotty record on greenhouse gas emissions.

Seattle officials have long claimed to be national leaders on climate change by slashing the city’s carbon dioxide emissions, even as the growing city’s emissions have stubbornly hovered around 6 million tons a year.

“We know that we can reduce our greenhouse gases significantly,” Durkan said.