New York’s Congestion Pricing Plan May Begin Below Biden

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NEW YORK – Under a potential Biden administration, New York’s first statewide congestion charge for the drive to Manhattan south of 96th Street could resurface after the Trump administration, MTA leaders said, left the plan pending.

“Very positively,” said Brian Fritsch, manager of advocacy campaigns for the Regional Plan Association. “It was incredibly unprecedented that the Trump administration would arm the environmental assessment process to slow down the prices of traffic jams.”

What you need to know

  • MTA will miss the planned January congestion pricing launch
  • Overload prices would bring in $ 1 billion in revenue
  • MTA officials say they cannot proceed with pricing for traffic congestion because it needs to be approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation

The MTA will miss its January start for congestion pricing.

The problem: The agency needs to know from the US Department of Transportation what type of environmental review is required.

An MTA official said the agency handed over all of the information requested by the DOT last January, but has heard nothing significant since then.

It was another New York effort in Washington, along with plans for a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River.

“We saw how they used the bureaucracy and threw gum into the works of things that used to be. That usually happens in the course of business,” said Fritsch. “I think these things will change dramatically under a Biden administration, so it is me.” The very confident prices for traffic congestion will evolve pretty quickly. “

The MTA said in a statement that the revenue from congestion pricing would generate billions for large-scale projects, such as improving the aging subway train signals.

“There is no reason why this should be maintained for so long and we hope that the New Year will bring new life to this important project,” said MTA spokesman Ken Lovett.

The MTA is also aiming for a $ 12 billion rescue operation. A billion dollars in this request would make up for lost revenue from delays in pricing traffic congestion.

If the Biden administration lets the MTA implement congestion pricing, it could be a nationwide achievement.

“Congestion pricing has been in place in many cities around the world for several years,” said Paul Skoutelas, president and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association. “We need a US experience. I think New York will be that experience that we can learn from and see if it applies to other big cities across the country.”

A federal DOT spokesperson said that pricing for congestion is still under scrutiny and that such a precedent program requires thorough scrutiny and review.

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