File photo shows cars winding their way down Lombard Street in San Francisco. PHOTO: AP
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of tourists could soon be forced to make reservations and pay to drive the famous crooked Lombard Street in San Francisco.
California lawmakers approved a bill on 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 USD5 per car on weekdays and USD10 during weekends and holidays.
Residents said the scenic street has become more like an overcrowded amusement park than a neighbourhood 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 183-metre-long street in the summer, creating lines of cars stretching for blocks.
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