Chicago traffic jam solutions might include Uber-like pricing, express passes | Crain’s Chicago Business

“It’s way worse than it used to be and it gets worse every year,” said attorney David Dranoff, a resident of the western suburb who often commutes by car to and from his Loop office.

In today’s era of ever-tightening public resources, fixing the bottleneck defies traditional road-building solutions. But a different approach that borrows from Uber’s fluctuating pricing strategy and a theme park express pass is being eyed by experts to finance long-overdue improvements on the Eisenhower and other roads where the express long ago disappeared from expressway.

It is called congestion pricing, and the goal is to pay for the grafting of toll lanes on to existing expressways. The new hybrid highway would then remain free for drivers unwilling or unable to pay while others could buy their way into the fast lane by paying tolls that fluctuate depending on traffic.

“Congestion pricing is an important tool, a way to use technology to get better results for the public,” said Joseph Szabo, executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

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