Manhattan Institute Panel: Road Pricing Worked in London. Can It Work in New York?

The Center for Rethinking Development at the Manhattan Institute presents . . .

A Panel Discussion and Breakfast:
Road Pricing Worked in London. Can It Work in New York?
What New Yorkers Think

Is New York City choking on its own traffic? Gridlock, pollution, and noise lead many New Yorkers to think so. But every traffic-easing solution involves costs imposed on citizens and businesses‚ and therefore meets steep resistance. Faced with heavy traffic of its own, London initiated a congestion pricing scheme in 2003 that is now widely regarded as successful. Would some variation on road pricing work in New York?

A new report on the feasibility of road pricing in New York, Battling Traffic: What New Yorkers Think, by transportation consultant Bruce Schaller, will be released by the Manhattan Institute. New findings on the economic impact of congestion pricing in London‚ and the implications for New York‚ will be discussed by Partnership President Kathryn Wylde. Congestion-pricing advocate Samuel Schwartz and congestion-pricing opponent David Weprin will offer their analyses of these issues.

Speakers:

Moderator:

  • It’s not just “Sold Out”, but if you RSVPed, they will still reject you at the door if you were not specifically invited directly by them. I saw AN’s name on the list of attendees with name tags so represent us Aaron!

  • I attended. Contrary to Glenn, everyone who RSVP’d in time was on list and got in. Room was packed.

    Classic NYC Kabuki Politics. Panelists and questioners duly played their parts, including Hell-no-we-won’t-toll Weprin & McCaffrey.

    Positive sign for me was the articulateness and commitment of Kathryn Wylde, CEO of the NYC Partnership. Their new report has lots of strong new wrinkles, e.g., estimating jobs not created because traffic is bad; quantifying gridlock outside the CBD. Wylde’s Q&A was strong and effective. The fact that the Partnership is now in the fray could be very significant.

    I hope to post a full report tonight.

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