Congestion Pricing Deal Struck
Today, legislative leaders in Albany came to an agreement on congestion pricing. Here's what the Straphangers Campaign had to say:
For immediate release: Thursday July 19, 2007
For more information: Neysa Pranger at (917) 532-0567
Hallelujah! Transit Riders Rejoice!
Straphangers Campaign Applauds Legislature on
Congestion Pricing Agreement
Cleaner Air, Gridlock Relief Among Benefits
The Straphangers Campaign congratulates the state Legislature for authorizing New York City to design and implement a congestion pricing system for New York City.
This is truly an historic moment for New York. Mayor Bloomberg deserves praise for envisioning a bold initiative and State Senate Majority Leader Bruno, Speaker Silver and Governor Spitzer deserve praise for doing what’s right for the future of New York.
Congestion pricing is a forward-thinking solution to local and global problems whose time has come. From soaring asthma rates, to snarled traffic, to global warming, congestion pricing will help New York lead in addressing all these issues.
There are many compelling reasons to act now. Manhattan is drowning in traffic, New York City suffers from twice the national rate of asthma and we are desperate for new funds to repair and expand our vital subway, bus and commuter rail network. Gridlock is bad for the region's economy, whether measured in lost jobs, reduced business income or unreliable shipping.
We hope New York City is still eligible to receive up to $500 million in federal funds. These funds are desperately needed for immediate transit enhancements to 22 outlying city neighborhoods with inadequate transit options, as well as for technology to set up a congestion pricing pilot program.
There will be many winners with congestion pricing – kids suffering from asthma, drivers stuck in traffic – and transit riders and commuters should rejoice outright. Congestion pricing revenues will help keep fares down and fund $30 billion in vital long-term transit repairs and expansion—which will mean faster, safer commutes, repaired stations and new bus routes. Perhaps at long last, the Second Avenue Subway will shed its moniker as “the greatest project New York could never build.”
In reviewing congestion pricing options, we hope the Commission the Legislature will establish to make congestion pricing implementation recommendations considers the thoughtful concerns we have heard from legislators, including: the wisdom of creating a new SMART authority; safeguards to ensure that the funds generated would all be spent on transit; ways the MTA could pay for quickly added service; and the potential for neighborhoods bordering the congestion zone to become parking lots.
We believe these issues can be fairly resolved.
Posted Jul 19 2007 by Neysa Pranger
Currently, the Second Avenue Subway is projected to be at capacity by 2027, and for the Lexington Avenue Express to return to capacity the following year.
Note that the Second Avenue Subway EIS assumed that there would not be congestion pricing.
Unless the Second Avenue Subway is a four-track line north of Houston Street, we're in big trouble.
It would still be called The Train To Nowhere.
Posted Sep 27 2007 12:58 PM by David Kupferberg
Well, you can go through the Verrazano, though you would have to pay a toll to go that way too (but you won't pay the $8!) so I guess you'll just have to pay a toll any way you go now.
Posted Jul 25 2007 10:25 PM by Vb