Balancing Free Transit and Congestion Pricing

Ted Kheel and the research team that created the Kheel report (George Haikalis, Charles Komanoff, Brian Ketcham, Carolyn Konheim) invite you to join them at The Carriage House for a light discussion of the report, and a demonstration of an exciting new tool, The Balanced Transportation Analyzer, designed to facilitate policy choices about fares and cordon tolls.

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A Q&A With Ted Kheel, Free Transit Advocate

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Gothamist caught up with Ted Kheel, the 93 year old head of the Nurture New York’s Nature Foundation, which addresses the "fundamental conflict between development and the environment." Kheel will release the findings of his study "The Kheel Plan for Balancing Free Transit and Congestion Pricing in New York City" later this month: Many New […]

Kheel Planners Detail Free Transit Proposal

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Yesterday, Theodore "Ted" Kheel’s traffic plan was officially unveiled with a 52-page report (pdf) outlining his proposal to make transit free via a round-the-clock $16 congestion charge for cars ($32 for trucks) entering Manhattan below 60th Street. The report says Kheel’s "Bolder Plan" would cut CBD traffic by 25 percent, and traffic citywide by nearly […]

The Subway Should Be Free

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George Haikalis of the Institute for Rational Urban Mobility, with microphone. Environmentalist Theodore W. Kheel, seated next to him, at far right, would reduce the subway fare to nothing. On December 23, 1943, the New York City subways carried more than 8 million people, said the labor relations arbitrator and environmentalist Theodore W. Kheel last night at […]

Kheel Plan: Double the Congestion Charge & Make Transit Free

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"If you were to design the ultimate system, you would have mass transit be free and charge an enormous amount for cars." So said Mayor Michael Bloomberg last April, right about the time he unveiled his plan to charge motorists a fee to drive into Manhattan’s central business district. Eight months later, as the mayor’s […]

Kheel Plan 2 Seeks to Plug MTA Budget Gap

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Ted Kheel and his band of transportation analysts are releasing an updated version of their low-cost transit proposal, which they are pitching as an alternative to the Ravitch Commission’s MTA rescue package. The revised Kheel Plan retains the original’s congestion zone cordon, charging vehicles to drive into Manhattan below 60th Street. The major twist is […]