Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
Congestion Pricing

Thursday’s Headlines: What an Historic Day Edition

It was such a big deal that all sorts of strangers in the press corps showed up. Plus other news.

Approved!

I know it seems like we've been talking about congestion pricing since the Pataki era, but yesterday was truly an historic moment: The MTA board voted to approve the $15 weekday congestion pricing toll, which is the first time that has ever happened in these United States.

It was such a big deal that all sorts of strangers in the press corps showed up at the MTA board meeting — people we never see covering the fight for better transit, but who suddenly show up the minute a new transit policy affects the small, but entitled, cohort of people who drive into the central business district.

We don't expect this angle to be part of their coverage, but make no mistake: Yesterday's MTA board vote is one of the first times that government has agreed to price some of the negative externalities associated with driving. Yes, there have been tolls before, but this specific toll is aimed at more than just raising revenue — it puts a price (albeit an undervalued one) on the society cost of individuals' driving: the congestion, the pollution, the road violence, the lost pedestrian and cycling space and all the other damage that cars do.

Kudos to the MTA board for passing this historic measure. (The Daily News, Gothamist, amNY and pretty much everyone else also covered. Newsday and the Post focused on the suburban outrage.)

In other news:

  • Speaking of suburban outrage, here's a tragic story of kids being orphaned due to a car crash in Westchester. (NY Post)
  • In case you missed it, our friend Harry Siegel had a (mostly) good piece in Vital City about the delivery industry. We say "mostly" good because a) it blamed electric bikes for causing an increase in road violence, which is not accurate, and b) it ignored all of our coverage of the exploitive industry, including our coverage of Charles Komanoff's simple reform that should get far more traction.
  • Here's a touching story about a woman who lost her sight when she was hit by a car driver (though the Times, of course, calls it an "accident"). We actually covered some reaction to the original crash back in the day.
  • The Daily News beat us to the Third Avenue eyes on the street. (NYDN)
  • We enjoyed this Gothamist story about a man who makes his living making noise complaints about businesses — and the Council's effort to stop him.
  • We'll be back tomorrow with an honor roll of donors during our monthlong fundraising drive. But if you want to join the important fun, click below:
It's our monthly donation drive!Click here to donate

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Wednesday’s Headlines: Citi Bike By the Numbers Edition

Haters of Citi Bike are really going to detest the new website. Plus other news.

July 17, 2024

Once Again, There is More Evidence that Safer Streets Help Local Business

...and there's more insight into why people simply don't believe it.

July 17, 2024

Bedford Ave. Protected Bike Lane Would Benefit Residents, Businesses: Data

A new report debunks the common myth that street safety projects aren't built for the benefit of people who live in a given neighborhood.

July 16, 2024

Tuesday’s Headlines: Rajkumar’s Citywide Bid Edition

The potential candidate for city comptroller cares more about "quality of life" than transportation, she says. Plus more news.

July 16, 2024

Report: The 3 Deadliest Districts for Pedestrians are Represented by Republicans

According to Smart Growth America, Suffolk County and the southwestern part of Nassau County are the worst places to be a pedestrian in the state.

July 16, 2024
See all posts