Gale Brewer to Introduce Congestion Pricing Legislation

gale_brewer.jpgUpper West Side City Councilmember Gale Brewer is emerging as City Council’s top Livable Streets advocate. In April she worked with Transportation Alternatives to author Intro. 199, the Traffic Relief Bill. Today, Crain’s Insider reports that Brewer now plans to introduce congestion pricing legislation:

"You have to do something about the traffic," she says. "I think it’s something worth considering." Brewer says her bill would at least prompt discussion. If congestion pricing were implemented, faster public transportation would have to be part of the package, she adds. Her bill is being drafted by the council staff.

Photo: A television camera films Brewer on the steps of City Hall at the Citywide Coalition for Traffic Relief rally on November 14.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Streetfilms: Yesterday’s Traffic Relief Rally at City Hall

|
Citywide Coalition for Traffic Relief Press Conference A few quick scenes from yesterday’s event Running time: 2:02 "As this city is booming, it’s not moving," lamented City Councilmember Gale Brewer outside City Hall yesterday. But with support from 125 civic groups in five boroughs, the Citywide Coalition for Traffic Relief assembled behind her and outlined […]

Can the New York City Council Wrest Crash Information From NYPD?

|
City Council Member Gale Brewer wants to open up traffic data to improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists on Manhattan’s West Side, a campaign that could lead to safer streets across the boroughs. Because crash info remains hidden from the public, the only civilians who see the results of unsafe conditions are witnesses. In February, […]

Traffic Relief Rally at City Hall This Morning

|
Councilmember Gale Brewer joined Transportation Alternatives and representatives of community groups from all over the city at this morning’s Citywide Coalition for Traffic Relief rally on the steps of City Hall. The Coalition currently includes 129 community organizations. These organizations have signed on to a petition calling on the Bloomberg Administration to devlop "a comprehensive traffic […]

Gale Brewer Introduces Bill to Make Central Park, Prospect Park Car-Free

|
Upper West Side City Council Member Gale Brewer introduced legislation today that would restore Central and Prospect Parks to their original car-free status. Brewer’s bill would ban private vehicles from using the park drives in either park; official vehicles would still be allowed to use the roads. Brewer’s legislation would also commission a study examining […]

Pedestrian Interference

|
  Left to right: New York City Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner/Senior Policy Advisor David Woloch, Commissioner Iris Weinshall, a procurement and technical servicea aide and City Councilmembers John Liu and Gale Brewer. As I saw it, the three big bullet points to come out of yesterday’s City Council Transportation Committee hearing on Intro. 199, […]