Seattle’s KUOW picked up my argument on this today:
Transit consultant Jarrett Walker said the problem is with the name – “congestion pricing.” It’s like the term “death tax,” which was drummed up to discredit the inheritance tax.
Nobody likes death or taxes. Put the two words together and you get a thing politicians have trouble supporting.
Similarly, nobody likes congestion or paying the price for it.
“I’ve suggested the word ‘decongestion pricing,’ because that is what the price buys,” said Walker. “The price buys less congested streets, with more room for all people of all modes to get through. ”
An older, longer, more rambling discussion of this is here.