Dave & Johnny are starting to make a little sense at least:
City Councilmember David Weprin, who opposes Mayor Michael Bloomberg's congestion pricing program, stated at a council committee hearing last week that instead of the mayor's congestion pricing tax, "We should be considering a reintroduction of a non-resident income tax. This would generate much more revenue for mass transit projects than a scheme that pits New Yorkers in different neighborhoods against each other," Weprin, council Finance Committee chairman, said.
Councilmember John Liu, noted that despite Bloomberg's assurance that transit improvements would come before congestion pricing, "There is no budgetary commitment [for transit improvements] in [Bloomberg's] executive budget for next year."
Seek Improved Mass Transit Before Congestion Pricing
Why not just apply the fare to non-city residents? Why should anyone who lives within the 5 boroughs have to pay the goverment a fee to get to work on top of paying city taxes?
The vast majority of people in Westchester and Long Island have vehicles, and a convenient parking lot at their closest LIRR station. There's really no excuse for not taking the LIRR or Metro North if you live in these areas, yet this is where the majority of people who drive into Manhattan come from. The MTA is increasing capacity on those lines now, not waiting for a plan to be put in place to pay for improvements in service eventually, which is what we'll be getting here in Queens. Metro North and LIRR trains run far enough apart that additional service can be added on each line. NYC subway trains generally run 2-3 minutes apart, and on most lines, additional trains are not possible.
Why not offer incentives for businesses to change their hours or shifts? The problem is too many people using the same stretches of road at the same time. So spread it out a little! The east and west coasts really should be able to communicate with each other throughout the entire business day. Furthermore, with current technology, many people could feasibly do most of their work from home. Why isn't the mayor pushing for more businesses to go that route? Most people would love it!