Friday, July 22, 2011
Congestion pricing, round 3
From City Hall:
With Gov. Andrew Cuomo refusing to show his hand on how to pay the MTA’s long-term costs, transit advocates hope he may one day come around to supporting a revised version of a controversial idea – congestion pricing.
Planners have been quietly working on a new version of the idea since last year, believing it has an inevitable place in the future of New York City’s regional transportation policy even though it has never won political support in Albany.
It comes as a coalition of transportation policy analysts mark the 100th anniversary today of the removal of tolls from Manhattan’s four East River bridges, which they say would otherwise have generated an extra $31 billion by now.
Not everyone thinks this is a great idea.