By now, you’ve probably heard about Governor Cuomo’s Fix NYC proposal to bring congestion pricing to New York City. There are plenty of arguments on all sides of the issue. Concern about such a significant change is understandable, because New Yorkers have never seen congestion pricing in action.
But the evidence from cities who have tried congestion pricing shows that everyone benefits. Less traffic is good for drivers, taxi passengers and people who make deliveries, allowing them to make more trips in a day. And it’s good for transit riders because it will provide the MTA with much-needed revenue to fix up the subway and buses, and provide additional transit options to Manhattan.
Time is running out for Governor Cuomo to put money in this year’s state budget to lay the groundwork for congestion pricing. Why would the Governor wait another year to begin unsnarling the traffic that is choking New York City streets, or to improve the reliability of the subway?
Let Governor Cuomo know you’re one of the millions of New Yorkers who think congestion pricing is an idea whose time has come.