Sadik-Khan: What We Lose Without Congestion Pricing [Updated]

Ben Fried reports live from the City Council congestion pricing hearing, underway at City Hall:

According to Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, without congestion pricing:

  • Western Queens will not see a 39% reduction in its most severe traffic jams and a 6.1 percent reduction in total traffic; will not get new bus routes from Middle Village to South Ferry in Lower Manhattan, and from Jackson heights to Penn Station; and will not get improved service on the Q60 bus route or 46 new subway cars that would increase service frequency on the E and F trains
  • Western Queens may lose state-of-the-art train control on the 7 line that would allow trains to run faster and closer together for better, more frequent service
  • North-central Brooklyn will not see a 22.1% reduction in severe traffic jams, 33 more buses on the B41 line, or more capacity on the C line
  • North-central Brooklyn may lose BRT on Nostrand Avenue and upgraded PA systems on stations on the G line
  • The northeast Bronx won’t see an 8.3% reduction in severe traffic jams or three new express bus routes to Lower Manhattan
  • The northeast Bronx may lose extension of BRT service to Pelham Parkway and upgraded service on the 5 line

UPDATE. More transit and traffic benefits, including improvements for Staten Island, that will be threatened if congestion pricing fails to pass:

  • Staten Island won’t see a 12.3% reduction in severe traffic jams or 33 new express buses
  • Staten Island may lose BRT along Hylan Boulevard, 64 new cars for the Staten Island Railway, and a new Arthur Kill railway station
  • Lower Manhattan will not receive a 32.3% reduction in severe traffic jams and a 6.4% reduction in total traffic, 33 new buses on half a dozen lines, or greater capacity on the E, F and C lines
  • momos

    It seems the Bloomberg admin has at last really turned up the heat to get this passed. It’s all about making the idea concrete. Way to go, JSK!

  • bob bob

    well, thank god all the staten island people are so against CP, because there don’t seem to be any benefits for them. STATE OF STATEN ISLAND !

  • Brad Aaron

    Bob bob: JSK did include Staten Island in her testimony. We’ll have the info up soon. Stay tuned.

  • Congestion pricing is a palliative. Does it justify expending all this political capital and psychic energy? Better traffic flow will just encourage auto use.

  • fdr

    And everyone who believes all these things WILL happen, raise your hands.

  • Hilary

    And what’s in store for northern Manhattan and the northwest Bronx – home of the great gateway to Manhattan for Brodsky’s constituents?

  • advocate

    Can anyone give us an idea of what’s happening at City Hall now? Will they be going through 6, or stopping and resuming then? Thanks.

  • Splicer

    (The comment below was also posted on The Albany Project)

    As usual, it’s the ever spreading enclaves of the hip and well-to-do that are the focus of the alleged windfall that will come from congestion pricing. As a denizen of Eastern Queens, with its crappy local bus service, expensive express buses and location far beyond the last stop on the F-train, I’ve been waiting for 30+ years for someone to do something to make my commute a little easier. Now that Manhattan is spreading to Long Island City, Astoria, Jackson Heights and, of course, Brooklyn, it’s time for Eastern Queens to be forgotten again.

    Good thing I keep voting for the Weprin Dynasty – I feel enriched by their mere existence.

  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    Splicer, don’t forget to look eastward as well. The LIRR hasn’t done Queens many favors over the years, they barely want to stop the trains there. Sure you have to cough up a couple extra bucks, and most of the seats are taken by the time the trains get there, but Queens Village to Midtown is only twenty minutes and the Port Washington branch stops are even better. Weprin is asleep on LIRR issues too, I think David drove to Hofstra when he was there.


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