Exploring Price Signals and Market Mechanisms for Reducing Gridlock in NYC

Traffic congestion is a defining characteristic of NYC living — but that doesn’t mean we have to accept it. Human health, community livability and economic activity are all compromised by the number of cars that cram onto our limited street space each day. A growing number of activists and policy makers have called for the adoption of price-based approaches, such as congestion relief or curb pricing, to address the problem in an effective and equitable manner. Join internationally known energy and transportation economist Charles Komanoff for an informative discussion of these and other options.

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Resolved: More Traffic Congestion & Automobile Dependence

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Brooklyn City Councilmember Lew Fidler and a small group of his outer borough colleagues have put forward Resolution 774 "calling upon the Mayor of New York City to oppose the institution of any form of congestion pricing." The resolution is based on a March 2006 report commissioned by the Queens Chamber of Commerce that was, […]

Bridge and Tunnel Traffic Drop Tied to Toll Increase

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The Times reported Saturday that vehicle traffic on Port Authority bridges and tunnels declined by 2.9% in March, in the wake of toll increases that took effect on March 2. In typical bizarre fashion, the Times’ lede asks, “Who needs congestion pricing when plain old toll increases seem to do the job?” Why not this […]

Congestion Pricing Can Help Save Working NYC Families $2,300 Per Year

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Without congestion pricing, fare hikes will hit New York’s many transit-using families hard. Image: Ed Yourdon via Flickr. Without bold action from legislators to fund transit, middle-class New York families will have to spend $2,300 more per year to get around the city even as the quality of the service they’re paying for declines, according […]

Anti-Congestion Pricing Group Suggests Alternatives

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While waiting for Walter McCaffrey to send over an official version (he sent it — download it here), we managed to get a hold of a bootleg copy of the executive summary of the Committee to Keep NYC Congestion Tax Free’s new report. Willie Neuman has a write-up of the report in the Times today […]

Congestion Pricing: Here’s the Deal

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Below is a summary of the congestion pricing deal struck this afternoon by Governor Spitzer, Mayor Bloomberg, Assembly Speaker Silver and Senate Leader Bruno. The 17 member congestion pricing commission is made up as follows: 3 appointees — Mayor 3 appointees — Governor 3 appointees — City Council 3 appointees — State Senate majority leader […]