StreetsBlog NYC: Dear Gov. Hochul, ‘Move Fast on Congestion Pricing’

August 25, 2021

Disability Justice, Environmental Justice, MTA, News

New York City traffic

NYLPI’s Director of Policy Justin Wood is among the co-signers of a letter imploring Governor Hochul to implement congestion pricing. The letter, penned by a coalition including Riders Alliance, Reinvent Albany, Right of Way, Transportation Alternatives, StreetsPAC, the Environmental Defense Fund, Lyft, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the New York City Environmental Justice AllianceNew York Lawyers for the Public Interest, New York League of Conservation Voters, the Real Estate Board of New York, and the Regional Plan Association, not only emphasized the need for congestion pricing, but the urgency:

Public transit has just suffered its worst year. With millions of riders needing to stay at home to combat a global pandemic, the resulting revenue shortfalls nearly destroyed the lifeblood of our city. Meanwhile, the subway is more than a century old and still not nearly as frequent, reliable, or accessible as New Yorkers need it to be. With transit ridership at barely half of pre-COVID levels, the MTA’s capital program is taking on more importance than ever. Fulfilling the full capital program, including urgently needed signal upgrades, elevators, and other station and accessibility improvements, is essential to winning riders back to public transit. With a contribution of $15 billion or more, congestion pricing is the foundational source of funds to fix and modernize our subway, bus and commuter rail network.

Read the full letter here.

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