Quinn Says She Still Supports Congestion Pricing

After some pressing from Capital political reporter Azi Paybarah, Christine Quinn followed up her evasive and pessimistic statements about congestion pricing this morning with a firmer but still pessimistic statement about her position:

“I supported congestion pricing. I support congestion pricing. I do not see it coming back in Albany but my support for congestion pricing has not changed.”

So, if Quinn gets elected, don’t expect her to make the first move on this.

  • JK

    Wow, tough audience. I take Quinns clarification as a very positive sign for pricing.  Quinn could easily have ducked this, yet she affirmed her support for pricing during an election year. How many of the other candidates have said they support road pricing? Are you grading on a curve? Your slant is way too negative. This may well be the first time that a mayoral front-runner has clarified that they do support fair tolling during a campaign. Running for mayor is when you pledge to give things away for free, not charge for entitlements — like free driving into the Manhattan CBD.

  • WS

    Shorter version: If elected, congestion pricing is not happening. 

  • Larry Littlefield

    Longer version:  I’m not going to wreck my administration, which will have enough (fiscal) problems as it is, by giving the creatures in Albany another chance to pander.  Instead I’ll put the heat on THEM for the next MTA capital plan.

    As I said at the time the punted on the Bloomberg plan — it is now their problem.  I didn’t blame Bloomberg at all for not trying to solve it, and letting them have fun with it, a second time.

  • Anonymous

    @f9b2cb395abd5a101456b3b0a40912e1:disqus Note that your claim about the MTA is purely interpolated–she says nothing like that. 

    She was forced into making this statement by a desire to appear mildly consistent–while also making sure no one who dislikes the idea would worry it will happen since, let’s face it, Albany is *not* going to do it without a push from the city.  

    Congestion pricing as meteor strike.

  • vnm

    Bloomberg should push for it again one last time while he still has the chance. The climate is better now than it was when this first came up. Most of the folks in the City Council who supported it via home rule message are still in office.  Sheldon Silver is now on record supporting bridge tolls linked to the subway fare. Richard Brodsky is out of office, as are three of the Fare Hike Four who blocked bridge tolls despite the fact that they would have helped the majority of their constituents. If Bloomberg wants to cement his far-sighted transportation legacy, NOW IS THE TIME!!!

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Bloomberg should push for it again one last time while he still has the chance.”
    This capital plan will end in 2014, with massive debts and the needs of ongoing normal replacement in place. What then?  Deferred maintenance and a return to the 1970s?  Ever more debt, just for five more years of maintenance (not even including new capacity)?

    Oppose both these as unacceptable, and other measures become necessary.  One of them will be additional fare hikes.  Another will be additional general fund support.  A third will be some productivity improvements, particularly on the commuter railroads, and lower prices from contractors.

    But all those together will still not be sufficient.  And Cuomo won’t be President yet.  

    So push the “stop selling the future” line hard enough, and see where it gets us.  As a opposed to “riders don’t mind selling the future as long as they get their piece in fare discounts” plan pushed by the official transit advocates in the past.  The assumption was in the ruined future, someone else would be sacrificed.  Someone else made the same assumption.   And here we are.

  • krstrois

    I expect her to get elected and I expect only the safest possible first moves. Depressing. 


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