Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
Andrew Cuomo

Riders Alliance: Cuomo Must Convene Congestion Pricing Workgroup by August 15

4:17 PM EDT on August 2, 2018

Riders Alliance members outside Governor Cuomo’s office this afternoon. Photo: Riders Alliance

Riders Alliance members have a message for Governor Cuomo: Get serious about congestion pricing.

The state budget that was approved at the end of March created a panel called the Metropolitan Transportation Sustainability Advisory Workgroup that is supposed to address the New York region's ballooning transportation concerns — including taking up the governor's pricing proposal.

But with a January deadline fast-approaching, only the Assembly has announced its appointments to the workgroup. Governor Cuomo, Senate Republicans, Mayor de Blasio, and the MTA itself are all MIA.

Last year, Cuomo, without taking input from city or state lawmakers, recommended congestion pricing as part of his "Fix NYC" plan. The workgroup was intended to bring more parties to the table.

The governor plans to make his appointments "in the coming days," spokesperson Peter Ajemian told Politico. For Riders Alliance, that loose commitment isn't enough. They're calling on Cuomo to appoint members by August 15 — the halfway mark between the budget's passage and January 1.

"It’s up to you to now convene the Workgroup to refine the FixNYC proposal by adding the detail and incentives needed to win broad legislative support for congestion pricing in the next state budget," several Riders Alliance members wrote in a letter delivered this afternoon to Cuomo's Manhattan offices [PDF]. "The longer we wait, the more modernization will cost us and the more we and our 8.5 million fellow daily riders will suffer needlessly."

The workgroup will eventually have 10 members: three appointed by the governor's office, two by the Assembly, two by the State Senate, two by de Blasio, one by the MTA.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

We Have the ‘End of Days’ Flooding Pics You Need Right Now

It's bad out there. How bad? Here is a citywide roundup from our staff ... and our friends on social media.

September 29, 2023

Labor Gains: Judge Tosses App Giants’ Suit to Stop Deliverista Minimum Wage

Justice Nicholas Moyne cleared the way for a long-delayed wage hike for workers who brave dangerous roads to bring food directly to New Yorkers.

September 29, 2023

Fed Up Bronxites Tell Mayor To Forget About Bus Ride Invitation After Fordham Road ‘Betrayal’

"I really would think that our mayor would be a little bit more active and speak with us, because he hasn't really made any time with riders. We're not the enemy. We just want better bus service."

September 29, 2023

City Pays $150K to Settle Suit Over Cops Who Harassed Man Who Reported Police Parking Misconduct

Justin Sherwood and his lawyer will pocket $152,000 to settle his federal civil rights suit against the city and several officers who harassed him following his 311 calls.

September 28, 2023
See all posts