Mayor Bill de Blasio is hoping to pressure the MTA to move forward—and more quickly—with its congestion pricing program. He said he’ll appoint the city’s representative to the six-person panel that will determine the charges and exemptions drivers will face, and is asking the MTA to have it up and running by next year.
Congestion pricing would create a tolling zone in Manhattan below 60th Street, excluding the FDR Drive and the West Side Highway. The plan was passed by the state in 2019, in hopes of raising $1 billion in annual revenue, but was held up by the Trump administration for two years.
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Transit advocates, and lawmakers in the region have been urging the MTA to get congestion pricing up and running as a way to reduce pollution and congestion, and raise funds so the MTA can quickly upgrade its aging equipment. https://t.co/XzUSXKxolV
— WNYC 🎙 (@WNYC) July 15, 2021
It’s unacceptable that NYC has a decrepit transit system. As NYers head back to work we need meaningful investment into our public transit. Congestion pricing will raise funds for long-overdue repairs to the MTA, clear up the traffic on our streets & lower our carbon emissions! pic.twitter.com/s7Y69OddFR
— Jessica Ramos (@jessicaramos) July 15, 2021