After fervid public comment from Treasure Island residents and businesses, San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday delayed voting on a toll to target congestion.
The Treasure Island Mobility Management Agency, made up of supervisors, agreed to shelve the toll up to $4.50 as part of a development project to further hear from residents who felt Bay Area affordability slip away. The island’s population is expected to shoot past 20,000 people from the current 1,800 residents as a result of the 8,000 units being built.
With the additional residents, daily trips to and from Treasure Island are expected to balloon from about 11,000 in 2015 to 86,000 by 2036. Additional services from Muni, AC Transit and a ferry terminal are part of the development plan to curb congestion but aren’t fully funded.
That’s where the tolls come in. A $3.50 toll would apply to peak hours, $2 for weekends and free for off-peak weekday hours. Oakland to Treasure Island trips would cost $1.75 during peak hours and $1 on the weekends while cars without FasTrak pay another $1 across the board.
Part of the toll proposal would give each Treasure Island household a $250 to $300 monthly stipend and each business a scaled stipend for five years. Another option would be to exempt residents from tolls during off-peak hours, also for five years.
Residents and businesses could also receive a discounted transit pass and toll credit. But those who spoke at the hearing said despite the credits and stipends, it would still speed up their displacement — especially since they already have to go to Oakland or San Francisco for basic services like grocery stores.
“A lot of people live on Treasure Island because they have nowhere else to be,” said one woman while in tears. “To take that away is very inhumane to me.”
Supervisor Jane Kim said the committee “heard loud and clear” to at least postpone the vote and allow for additional outreach. Of the eight community meetings, residents said they had little advanced notice. Kim indicated that some type of toll would likely need to be implemented to battle congestion but that another solution, like permanently grandfathering in current residents, could be worked out.
Toll fares are part of the equation to subsidize transit services, more than half of which will be initially paid by developers. As more units open in 2026, the tolls will account for more than half of the nearly $20 million needed to operate services.
But Supervisors Sandra Lee Fewer and Hillary Ronen expressed outright discomfort with a Treasure Island toll.
“I just think that the island is isolated geographically and we’re proposing a toll that would isolate them further,” Fewer said, referring to visits by friends and family. “It is a haul to get out there.”