In a report detailing how a road tax would affect mass transit, the MTA outlined short-term service upgrades it would implement by next fall to prepare for the influx of riders who would be expected to leave their cars at home if congestion pricing were approved to begin in spring 2009. The report was released Friday to members of a commission studying congestion pricing.
Head-On Collision Over Traffic Congestion
The MTA report identifies $388 million of unfunded capital and operating costs associated with the service upgrades, and will likely add fuel to the debate on whether charging drivers to enter Manhattan south of 86th Street is the most practical way to reduce the traffic jams that are crippling the metropolitan region.
[Assemblyman Richard Brodsky said] between 35% and 55% of trips in the charged zone are taxis, which would not have to pay the fee.
Why is that? Taxis = cars, and I thought we wanted people to get out of cars and take mass transit. Hmmm....
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