Andy Byford's Fast Forward NYC plan to modernize subways and buses has set the stage for congestion pricing in the 2019 Albany session.
By omitting a cordon toll and charging taxis and Ubers per trip instead of per minute, Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders bungled their chance to reduce New York's most punishing traffic congestion.
The mayor says he's never seen a version of congestion pricing that's fair to the outer boroughs, but the Move NY toll reform plan is specifically designed to distribute costs fairly between different parts of the city.
One of New York City’s preeminent jurists, Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr., affirmed today that the city possesses full legal authority to toll its own roads and bridges and thus does not require state approval to implement congestion pricing.
“By denying responsibility for his transit system,” Brad Aaron wrote here last Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo “is perpetuating a charade that has real consequences for New Yorkers.” That’s for sure. But can we express those consequences in dollars and cents? Can we estimate how much the ongoing degradation of transit service is costing us? I believe we can.