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.

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Anti-Congestion Pricing Group Suggests Alternatives

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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 […]

Streetsblog’s Guide to the Democratic Mayoral Candidates

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The September 10 primary is just a few days away, and over the course of this grueling campaign the candidates have had plenty of time to lay out their vision for New York City’s streets. Transportation Alternatives and StreetsPAC both put together detailed candidate surveys and compiled responses from the leading Democratic candidates. For Streetsblog’s guide to the Democratic mayoral […]

Congestion Pricing Questions the Mayor Will Need to Answer

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New York State Assembly Member Deborah Glick represents Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Tribeca and a good piece of Chinatown and Lower Manhattan. Encompassing the Holland Tunnel, Canal Street and a section of the Westside Highway, her district suffers from some of the worst traffic congestion in all of New York City. Transit-rich and offering some of […]

MTA Chief Links Congestion Pricing to Fare Hike… or Not

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MTA Chief Lee Sander told CBS reporter Marcia Kramer on Wednesday that the passage of Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing pilot project may help stave off a fare hike. "The straphanger in my judgment will have to play a role, but if Wall Street turns around and congestion pricing is passed then maybe we can give […]

Weiner’s Congestion Testimony: Anything But Pricing

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If nothing else, gridlocked traffic is a good marketing opportunity for Oscar Mayer’s Wienermobile. US Rep. Anthony Weiner was one of the first voices to speak up against Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal for a three-year congestion pricing pilot project and he remains one of the loudest. In his testimony Oct. 25 before the NYC Traffic Mitigation […]

Congestion Commission Recommendation: First Look

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Streetsblog has gotten hold of the Traffic Congestion Mitigation Commission recommendation, which should be voted on this hour. According to the version we have (pdf), the commission’s alternative to Mayor Bloomberg’s plan is expected to exceed the 6.3% VMT reduction required by the federal government, and raise an estimated $491 million per year for mass […]