"I could not recommend the bill presented to us. It doesn't do the things the mayor says he wants to do," said Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, who heads a committee examining Bloomberg's legislation.
Pol puts brakes on congest plan as study slams it
Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan is unfair to middle-class New Yorkers, says a study out today - as Albany obstacles threaten to derail the proposal.
Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx drivers make about 24% of the trips into the congestion-pricing area, but would pay 47% of the fees - even though their average salary is $46,000, the study says.
Manhattan drivers, though, would make 72% of the trips into the pricing zone and pay just 42% of the fees - even with a $74,000 average salary. Trips within Manhattan would cost just $4, and taxis would be exempt.
Report Recommends Rejecting Plan on City Traffic
Mr. Brodsky, who has been a leading skeptic about the proposal, has already said the city’s own estimates showed that the plan would create enough space in the congestion zone to increase the average speed by only 0.6 miles per hour, suggesting higher tolls would have to be imposed to further decrease the number of cars.
“Within a few years, the fee in London went from five pounds to eight pounds, about 60 percent, and witnesses at our hearings said that would happen in New York,” Mr. Brodsky said. “And the second thing is that the mayor of London has said you must have mass transit improvements in place first, and the city doesn’t have that.”