StreetFilms joined up with Transportation Alternatives’ Executive Director, Paul Steely White to talk about congestion pricing with express bus commuters in Bay Ridge. Bus riders told White that they’d like to have more buses and a faster commute. One commuter pointed out that virtually every automobile on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway carries just one person.
Another bus rider pretty well summed it up with this:
Congestion pricing would be $8 for cars. I pay $10 every day to get into and out of the city — on a bus. Sometimes that bus isn’t on time, sometimes it takes me three times as long as it should. I don’t see what the problem is with other people paying.
If congestion pricing is approved, New York City will receive a $354.5 million federal grant that will be used to put 367 new buses on 36 routes in 22 neighborhoods as well as additional funds for the ferry and ferry improvements.