Highlights From This Week’s Mobilizing the Region

The latest issue of Mobilizing the Region digs in to the arguments of congestion pricing foes. Some highlights:

NYC: Debunking the Alternatives

Instead of heading to Albany and working out legislation to ensure NYC receives federal aid for transit and congestion pricing, State Assemblymembers’ offered their own "alternatives" to Mayor Bloomberg’s pricing proposal. Policy groups wasted no time in debunking the half-baked ideas.

NYC Pricing Falsehoods Addressed

Despite the wealth of data compiled by transportation and environmental groups to combat the false information spewed by congestion pricing’s opponents, many Assemblymembers are using bogus information to fight Mayor Bloomberg’s plan.

Congestion Pricing: Relief for NYC Transit’s Ridership Crunch

The recently released 2006 edition of NYC Transit’s Subway and Bus Ridership Report reveals that New York City mass transit ridership continued to grow last year, a testament to the need for more transit revenue from congestion pricing.

  • Midtown Resident

    Manhattan Community Board 5, which covers 14-59 Sts from Lex to 8th Ave, overwhelmingly passed a resolution in support of Congestion Pricing last night. CB 2 has also passed a resolution in support of the concept and CB 8 is expected to vote on the resolution in support of it next week. Are the Community Boards more in touch with the wishes of residents than the local elected officials?

  • They’re definitely not more in touch with the wishes of legislators from Schenectady, Rochester and Westchester and that’s who gets to decide this one, if you can believe it.

  • Midtown Resident

    Aaron – If this isn’t an argument for home rule I don’t know what is.


Debunking the Attack on Congestion Pricing

As The Politicker’s Azi Paybarah reported yesterday, the anti-traffic relief group, "Keep NYC Congestion Tax Free" re-released its report, "Congestion Pricing in the Central Business District: Let’s Look Hard Before We Leap." Commissioned by the Queens Chamber of Commerce, the study calls into doubt the benefits of Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed congestion pricing scheme, with some […]

Roberts: MTA Needs Congestion Pricing

When NYC Transit President Howard Roberts announced Monday — to some ridicule — that certain subway lines are overcrowded with little to no relief in sight, it was reported that the system would not be able to handle the influx of commuters who are expected to switch to transit should congestion pricing be implemented. Considering […]

Staten Island Talks Congestion Pricing and Traffic Relief

Join Transportation Alternatives and the Citizens Committee for NYC for a screening of Contested Streets, a one-hour documentary about New York’s traffic crisis and how congestion pricing can solve it. They’ll be following up with information about transit improvements coming to Staten Island as part of PlaNYC and congestion pricing. It will be a good […]

Anti-Congestion Pricing Group Suggests Alternatives

While waiting for Walter McCaffrey to send over an official version (he sent it — download it here), we managed to get a hold of a bootleg copy of the executive summary of the Committee to Keep NYC Congestion Tax Free’s new report. Willie Neuman has a write-up of the report in the Times today […]