Congestion Pricing - You Like It!
What do riders think about Mayor Bloomberg's plans for congestion pricing? They are big fans, as the poll results in the news release below shows.
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For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 3, 2007
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WHAT DO RIDERS THINK ABOUT CONGESTION PRICING?
VAST MAJORITY SUPPORTS BLOOMBERG'S PLAN
Nearly three-quarters of transit riders support Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to charge motorists who drive in the heart of Manhattan on rush-hour weekdays, according to the results of an Internet poll of 662 visitors to the web site of NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign.
Visitors to www.straphangers.org were asked to vote on the following: "Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed that New York City adopt a system of 'congestion pricing.' Drivers would have to pay a charge to come into Manhattan's Central Business District during weekday rush hours. The mayor says these charges will reduce traffic congestion and help pay for transit repairs. There would be a three-year pilot project to see how the program works. What do you think?"
Some 73.9% voted to "agree with Mayor Bloomberg and support congestion pricing."
"Riders know that congestion pricing would result in much better subway and bus service," said Gene Russianoff, NYPIRG staff attorney.
Under the mayor's plan, motorists would pay an $8 charge to enter Manhattan below 86th Street during weekdays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Motorists staying on the FDR Drive or West Street would be exempt, as would be taxi, bus, disabled or emergency drivers. A key goal is to reduce traffic congestion.
Mayor Bloomberg has proposed that the hundreds of millions of dollars generated annually by congestion pricing be used for badly-needed repairs to the existing transit network, as well as long-overdue expansions. In an Earth Day speech, he promised that before congestion pricing is implemented, the City and MTA would provide new transit options for areas now poorly served by transit, such as eastern Queens, southern Brooklyn and Staten Island.
The results of the poll can be viewed on the Straphangers Campaign web site. .
Posted May 3 2007 by Gene Russianoff