Council Member Robert Jackson Leaning Toward “Yes” Vote

Jackson_photo.jpgAt a Community Board 12 meeting in Northern Manhattan last night, City Council Member Robert Jackson said he would “probably” vote in favor of the current congestion pricing plan.

While he has concerns about traffic on the George Washington Bridge and capacity on the A and 1 subway lines (increased service on the 1 is one of the planned benefits of pricing revenues), Jackson said “we can not afford to lose” the $354 million in transit funds pledged by the federal government. The recently unveiled Residential Parking Permit program has eased his worries about park and ride problems developing in his district, he said.

“If I had to vote right now,” said Jackson, “I would probably vote ‘yes.'”

Jackson said there are conflicting reports on which way the council is leaning, though in his opinion “It doesn’t look too good.”

  • Larry Littlefield

    FYI the A/C doesn’t have a track capacity constraint. If more cars were available, more trains could be run.

  • Ed

    Not sure about that. The section where they share track from Hoyt-Schemerhorn to Canal seems to run at about capacity during rush hours.

  • otisbirdsong

    Ed’s right. The section downtown where there’s not different express and local tracks get’s really full during rush hour….for the most part, when waiting at Nassau/Fulton if you miss a train, another one is literally right behind it. The wait is about 30 seconds for the next train.

  • Larry Littlefield

    (The section downtown where there’s not different express and local tracks get’s really full during rush hour)

    Perhaps, but more trains run from Brooklyn to Manhattan in the morning rush and from Manhattan to Brooklyn in the evening rush than in the other direction, last I saw. So there is room to add a few trains in the other direction if they could find a place to keep some older ones as the new ones arrive.

  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    Lighten up on this guy, he has some heavy lifting to do. Write him some checks, it will make it easier.

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