[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox .] A bus company has called lawmakers in New York asking for an exemption. A mayor in New Jersey warned drivers they might be tolled twice when they leave the state. Truckers are putting together a lobbying strategy. And taxi drivers have written a letter to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo seeking a reprieve. One battle over congestion pricing is over. But now that the plan is officially coming to New York City, the next fight has begun: Who will pay, how much will it cost and who might get a break? The outcry began almost immediately after Mr. Cuomo and state lawmakers reached a deal last weekend to make New York the first city in the country to enact congestion pricing. Starting in 2021, drivers entering the heart of Manhattan could pay $11 to $25, money that will be used to pay for improvements to the city’s troubled subway. State leaders were careful to avoid including too many details in the legislation, in … [Read more...] about Congestion Pricing Is Coming. Now Everyone Wants a Break.
What is congestion pricing
[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox .] When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called for congestion pricing last month, there was no need for explanation. The idea of charging drivers a fee to enter Manhattan’s most congested neighborhoods has been argued for decades. Congestion pricing has practically become a household term. Transit advocates, business leaders and others have rallied around it, saying it is the best option for raising money to fix New York City’s broken subways. Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, revived congestion pricing in New York in August 2017, declaring it “an idea whose time has come” — prematurely as it turned out. Many state legislators disagreed, especially from the boroughs and suburbs outside Manhattan where drivers say it is unfair when they do not have easy access to transit. Though the state budget contained congestion fees on taxis and Ubers, it left out the more ambitious congestion pricing plan. Now … [Read more...] about Is 2019 the Year When New York Passes Congestion Pricing?
Last week, Los Angeles’s Metro board, which oversees the second-largest transportation system in the country, discussed a proposal to charge drivers to use LA’s busiest and most traffic-clogged roads, a concept known as congestion pricing. One by one, the board members voiced their opposition to such a policy. “I am deeply concerned.” “It seems punitive.” “I, too, am really uncomfortable.” Critics have long deemed congestion pricing a regressive policy that charges car-dependent people more to drive. A well-timed new report—Pricing Roads, Advancing Equity—out today by TransForm and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), explains how congestion pricing can be employed as a tool to right engrained injustices in the U.S.’s current transportation system. “What used to sound radical now sounds like common sense—road pricing is urgently needed to address climate change, traffic, and inequity in the … [Read more...] about Congestion pricing is the only way to fix our broken transportation system
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is right: A traffic congestion pricing plan — in which drivers have to pay to get into the busiest parts of Manhattan — is the best way to pay for the bulk of urgently needed fixes for New York City’s decrepit subway system. Unfortunately, the preliminary plan he laid out in his budget address provides no guarantee that revenue from charging these drivers will go to the subways, where it is needed most, and not used as a piggy bank for politicians’ favored transit projects across the region. Mr. Cuomo has expressed a refreshing interest in taking overall responsibility for the subway system he has controlled since he took office To be sure, it makes sense that some of the funds — which would be used to leverage bonds — go toward expanded service in so-called public transportation deserts in boroughs outside Manhattan. Some should go to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s commuter rails, to help build support for … [Read more...] about Subways Need a Congestion Pricing Promise
ALBANY -- Driving into parts of Manhattan may get more expensive. Cars could be hit with a $11.52 charge to drive into Manhattan south of 60th Street as part of a proposal released Friday by a task force set up by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The plan would make New York the first in the nation to have a congestion-pricing plan as a way to raise revenue to pay for its transit system and encourage less driving into the city. WATCH: Andrew Cuomo makes the case for new taxes, fees CASHLESS TOLLS: Nearly $8M unpaid at Mario Cuomo Bridge NEW YORK: A huge indoor waterpark is coming FAQ: What we know about cashless tolls and amnesty "The 'Fix NYC' report lays out a comprehensive nine-point plan to address the challenges of congestion in our central business district, while identifying sources of revenue to fix the ailing subway system," said Sam Schwartz, a panel member and engineer. The cost would go up for trucks, too, but could be different depending on the … [Read more...] about Congestion pricing: How driving to Manhattan may change