Let's just use my home turf as an example:
Short-Term Congestion Pricing Transit Improvements for the 30th District that would be lost without congestion pricing:
• Rehabilitate Metropolitan Avenue Station, Fresh Pond Road Station, Forest Avenue Station, and Seneca Avenue Station. (M Line)
• Structural improvements from Cypress Hills to 121st St (J/Z Line)
• 12 Buses on New Middle Village-Manhattan Bus Route
• 2 Additional Buses for the Q18 Route
• 2 Additional Buses for the Q39 Route
• 2 Additional Buses for the Q54 Route
They've been "rehabilitating" these stations for years. Metropolitan Avenue was recently completely redone. Middle Village already has an express bus to Manhattan. What about the other neighborhoods in District 30 that don't have one?
Two additional buses on each of 3 local lines is pretty damn lame. They already come every 10 minutes or less during rush hour. Is this the best that the MTA can come up with?
And then there's this:
...as critics of congestion pricing are pointing out, the $1 billion is not a new source of money but would be taken out of capital funds that the authority has already set aside for the state under its 10-year capital projects plan, which was approved in December 2006.
"The use of Port Authority funds is a sleight of hand to disguise flaws in the plans," a Democratic assemblyman of Queens, Michael Gianaris, said.
You don't say? Well, I heard it's working in London...
Londoners could pay $50 a day to drive in city
Oops, never mind.
Don't drink Bloomie's Kool-Aid, folks.
Photo from Village Voice