Interesting politics surrounding congestion pricing:
Surely you congest
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters is slated to meet today with Bloomberg and Gov. Spitzer at the governor's Manhattan office to endorse the plan. Peters also will warn that the city could lose out on millions in federal transportation aid being given to cities willing to experiment with congestion pricing.
Lawmakers To Examine Traffic Tax Plan
The bill does not list the transportation projects that would be funded through congestion pricing dollars that were listed in Mr. Bloomberg's original 2030 plan. The lack of specifics has prompted critics of the plan to question how the Metropolitan Transportation Authority could be trusted to use the money to expand service. The bill also does not specify which neighborhoods surrounding the toll areas of Manhattan would qualify for residential parking permits, but states that 20% of parking spots in those neighborhoods would be reserved for non-residents.
MIKE'S PLAN TO SAVE FARE
Bloomberg pointed out that some of the $400 million a year expected from fees charged motorists to enter Manhattan would go toward mass transit projects, freeing up funds the MTA could use to help subsidize the fare.
Oh yeah, I believe this. You mean the agency that reported a gigantic surplus a few years back and raised the fares anyway?
Duane Reade has come up with their own solution:
Duane Reade's congestion suggestion
Because “commercial traffic meets with commuter traffic at a limited number of access points,” Henry believes, “we need to expand deliveries into and out the city all 24 hours a day.”
Stagger deliveries throughout the day? That's a great idea. QC suggests that people's work shifts also be staggered to relieve congestion, rather than implementing a new tax.
Update: Mayor's Congestion Pricing Plan Gets Some Federal Support
Today, Peters announced that New York is one of nine cities to be eligible for $500-million in federal funds to help implement the plan. The federal government will decide in August which city gets the money.
Oh, so only one city gets the money? Ha!