What Paterson’s Senate District Stands to Gain From Pricing

30grab.jpgWith conflicting reports on congestion pricing’s status in Albany, and given his own ambiguous statements, it remains to be seen whether Governor David Paterson will get behind the plan — though a look at census data published by the Tri State Transportation Campaign shows that most of those he once represented in the New York State Senate could only benefit.

In District 30, which stretches from the Upper West Side to Washington Heights and includes Harlem, Morningside Heights and Sugar Hill:

  • 54.5% commute into the proposed congestion pricing zone for work
  • 45.5% take transit into the zone
  • 2.8% drive alone into the zone
  • 79.8% of households do not have a vehicle (average annual income: $38,089)
  • 20.2% of households have one or more vehicles (average annual income: $89,390)
  • 96.8% would not pay the congestion charge

Along with perks that would be enjoyed by the entire city — reduced traffic, cleaner air, improved overall transit, funds for livable streets amenities, etc. — Paterson’s former district (where he still lives) would also see a host of bus service upgrades. Among them:

  • M1/M2/M3/M4: 9 new local buses
  • M101/M102/M103: 5 new articulated buses
  • M98: 10 new express buses
  • M86: 4 new articulated buses
  • M104: 3 new local buses

Taken on the whole, over half of congestion pricing-related bus service improvements in Manhattan would directly benefit residents of Senate District 30.

The 30th District is now represented by Senator Bill Perkins. I was scheduled to attend a meeting with Perkins on congestion pricing in Albany on Tuesday, but when he didn’t show after half an hour I had to head to Deborah Glick’s office.

Graph: Tri-State Transportation Campaign

  • Breaking News

    Paterson Backs Congestion Pricing (Updated)
    March 21, 2008
    Gov. David Paterson’s press office just announced that he has submitted a program bill that follows the recommendations of the Traffic Mitigation Commission’s Jan. 31 report.

    This comes in the wake of Paterson’s meeting with Mayor Bloomberg at City Hall earlier in the week, after which the governor declined to outright endorse the pay-to-drive plan, raising speculation that it might get lost in the transition in Albany.

    “Congestion pricing addresses two urgent concerns of the residents of new York City and its suburbs: The Need to reduce congestion on our streets and roads, and thereby reduce pollution, and the need to raise significant revenue for mass transit improvement,” Paterson said.”

    Paterson also said that by introducing the bill, the City Council and the Legislature will be able to “examine the details” and “make an informed judgment” going forward.

  • JF

    Any chance Paterson can talk some sense into Denny Farrell?

  • Brad Aaron

    Good point, JF. Also makes me wonder if Robert Jackson is aware of this.

  • Lysander

    Paterson no longer represents Manhattan only. There is a big state and the rest of the city out there.

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