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Rally for Mayor’s Groundbreaking Green Transportation Plan

5:53 PM EDT on April 22, 2007

Stand with Transportation Alternatives and a coalition of environmental, labor, business and community groups who all support the Mayor's proposal for congestion pricing, less driving and more biking, walking and transit.

Transportation Alternatives needs hundreds of people in attendance to show the strength and rightness of our cause!

On Sunday, the Mayor made an historic announcement. After years of flirtation, he finally came out with a plan to green our streets. Transit improvements (including dedicated bus HOV lanes on the East River Bridges and more express bus service in neighborhoods that need it), congestion pricing and the creating new pedestrian plazas in every neighborhood around the city were among the initiatives the mayor announced that will reduce private car use in New York City and set the stage to rebalance our streets in favor of the majority of New Yorkers who are transit takers, pedestrians and cyclists.

The Mayor's speech was a promising start, but the future is far from clear. There is a small but incredibly vocal minority that is opposed to congestion pricing despite its benefits to our health and environment.

We need to make sure that City Hall knows that the majority of New Yorkers supports this bold plan. In reducing car use and giving more space and priority to bus riders, pedestrians and bicycles, the Mayor's plan will help New York City meet the dual challenges of growth and global warming. Reducing car use and promoting cleaner, greener forms of transportation will also improve local air quality and reduce rates of asthma and cancers proven to be caused by pollution from cars. This plan serves the majority of New Yorkers and will help create a fairer transportation system.

Today we have an enormous opportunity. Tomorrow the opposition will try to take it away.

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