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

By Associated Press

09.06.19

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On September 5, 2019, California lawmakers approved a bill granting San Francisco the power to establish a toll and reservation system for Lombard Street.

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On September 5, 2019, California lawmakers approved a bill granting San Francisco the power to establish a toll and reservation system for Lombard Street.

Lawmakers recently approved a bill allowing the city to establish a new toll and reservation system for the famously crooked landmark.

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Thousands of tourists could soon be forced to make reservations and pay to drive the famed crooked Lombard Street in San Francisco.

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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