Friday 24 May 2019

Is San Francisco on your to-go list? Now you may have to pay to drive down world-famous Lombard Street

Cars wind their way down Lombard Street (Eric Risberg/AP)
Cars wind their way down Lombard Street (Eric Risberg/AP)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Thousands of tourists may soon have to pay as much as 10 dollars (€8.91) to drive down a world-famous crooked street in San Francisco.

Plans are being considered that would allow the city to establish a toll for Lombard Street. In the summer months, an estimated 6,000 people a day visit the street, creating lines of cars that stretch for blocks.

Residents say the scenic thoroughfare feels more like an overcrowded amusement park than a neighbourhood street.

They have been calling for years for officials to address the traffic jams, rubbish and trespassing by visitors.

Lombard Street at night (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
Lombard Street at night (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

The city would need state approval to charge people to use a public road.

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