Quinn Announces Her Support for Congestion Pricing

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced her support for congestion pricing at a press conference this morning on the Hudson River Greenway at Charles Street:

Over the past two months I have been carefully reviewing the 127 items included in PlaNYC 2030. Many of these grew out of the Mayor’s Sustainability Task Force, which the Council was pleased to participate in.

I support the move to congestion pricing and recognize its importance to the goals of PlaNYC 2030. But before congestion pricing is implemented, the various mass transit upgrades, enhancements and expansions discussed in this plan must be in place across the City, especially in neighborhoods that are currently underserved by public transportation.

Download her press release here. Coverage elsewhere:

  • Hey! Quinn finally does something right. (sort of.)

  • Felix

    Yes, on an issue where she has no vote

  • Home Rule message to legislature?

  • LN

    Quinn blocks bike path while finally coming out on congestion pricing.

  • t

    Quinn wants fewer pedicabs on the road but is in favor of congestion pricing. Trying to figure that one out…

  • flp

    there’s gotta be something in it for her – aside from joining a bandwagon that is ….. i just can’t put my finger on it.

  • Felix

    Let’s not forget that she killed the car-free parks bill last summer.

  • “Quinn wants fewer pedicabs on the road but is in favor of congestion pricing. ”

    She thinks pedicabs cause congestion because they are slower than cabs. It makes sense if you ignore the environmental impact part of congestion pricing and pretend that pedicabs area serious source of slow moving traffic (they aren’t.)

    That all said I’m happy she’s on board for this one. Woo hoo, and there was a poll that just came out that said most people support the plan. I think when we all see the results most people will ask “why didn’t they do that sooner?”

  • mark

    Who cares about the environment. As long as we can just curb traffic, we’re fine.

  • momos

    flp – With this move Quinn stands a better chance of getting Bloomberg’s endorsement for Mayor in ’09.

    But pedicabs and mayoral politics aside, Quinn should get credit for doing this. She and Spitzer are among the only important New York Democrats to support congestion pricing. The opposition is all from their colleagues: Silver, Brodsky, Weprin.

  • Angus Grieve-Smith

    I agree, Momos. But as a constituent of Joe Crowley’s, I want to put in a good word for him as an “important New York Democrat.” Much has been made of the power of the Queens Democratic organization in city politics, especially in terms of getting out the vote for Mayoral elections and controlling the Council.

    As chair of the Queens County party organization and a regular motorist (I saw him behind the wheel on Memorial Day), Crowley could easily have taken a windshield perspective and supported Weprin, Marshall and Weiner. By supporting the concept of congestion pricing, Crowley gave cover to Quinn and to John Liu and hopefully will allow others like Eric Gioia, Cathy Nolan and Marge Markey to support the plan.

  • momos

    Good call, Angus. Let’s give credit where credit is due. Crowley definitely deserves props.

    By the way, it’s deeply disturbing how backwards the Democrats, especially the New York delegation, is on transportation and environmental issues. They talk the talk on global warming, but look at the evidence:

    Opposed to congestion pricing: Silver, Brodsky, Weprin, Weiner, Marshall, among others. Even Peter DeFazio, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit (D-OR)

    Opposed to California’s tighter emissions standards: Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), Rep. Rick Boucher(D-VA) (these are senior Democrats with leadership positions in the House)

    Opposed to higher fuel economy standards: Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

    Shame, shame, shame, shame…

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