Rivera: Pricing Still the Way to Go

rivera.jpgCity Council Member Joel Rivera, whose stance on congestion pricing remained unclear until he voted "Yes" on March 31st, came out as a full-fledged supporter yesterday with an editorial in the Daily News. The Bronx rep added another wrinkle to speculation that pricing might come back:

Those of us who voted for pricing and those of us who voted against
it still owe our constituents a plan that brings traffic relief and
funds transit expansion.

I still think congestion pricing is that plan. But pricing or no, we
need to move forward and make good on the promises and expectations
raised during the past year’s debate. The Bronx and New York City
deserve nothing less.

Reading words like that from an elected official bolsters Janette Sadik-Khan’s assertion that "the terrain has fundamentally changed" when it comes to transportation issues. But as measures like bus lane enforcement cameras come up for debate in Albany, will the wishes of city lawmakers like Rivera sway obstructionists in the Assembly?

  • Larry Littlefield

    The bus enforcement camera debate is an interesting test of idea that having taken the heat for voting down Plan A, legislators will feel compelled to vote for Plan B.

    Imagine if the State Assembly refused to vote (or would it be the State Senate this time)?

    And, Deborah Glick, none of the revenues for those additional fines would go to the MTA, which is overseen by your state government. So we’ll continue to demand that you come up with money, from someone other than us, to pay for that.

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