Wednesday’s Headlines: For Whom the Toll Tolls Edition
That was fast. Roughly one day after New York State made history by setting up a congestion pricing cordon around Manhattan’s central business district, the backlash began. We mentioned it in our story about the coming carveout crisis, but the Daily News’s Clayton Guse devoted a whole story to a new Quinnipiac poll showing New Yorkers don’t have much confidence that the tolls will work.
Reminder: Support for congestion pricing only improves after it’s in place and starts working. So stop watching the polls, pols.
- Gothamist reported that Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to let cities decide on the legality of e-scooters for themselves was quietly removed from the budget that passed late on Sunday. That said, it might return as a bill, just like marijuana reform (not that the two go together!).
- Lots of people (including our own David Meyer) are figuring out that the congestion pricing plan that passed late Sunday left out key details — and those details hold the key. (Bloomberg)
- A couple of outlets covered the Regional Plan Association’s call for a narrower Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, including Streetsblog, amNY,
- Speed kills in Brooklyn (NYDN, NY Post). And a crazy driver crashes cars in Bushwick (NY Post).
- The Post editorial board predictably defends the crackdown on fare beating.
- The Times channeled, yes, Gothamist with its headline about the secretive manner in which Pat Foye became MTA chairman.
- Steady hand Vin Barone at amNY gives an early preview of the OMNY system that will replace the MetroCard.