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.

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