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Monday, August 04, 2008

On the Issues: Congestion Pricing

(Guest post by Ahmed Kokon)

Remember Congestion Pricing? Guess what. It's back.

From yesterday's NY Times:

The financial crisis at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is breathing new life into an idea the Legislature rejected just months ago: congestion pricing.

Steve Harrison has strongly opposed Congestion Pricing from the beginning.

The plan is being positioned as a "Mercedes Tax", charging limo driven CEOs who whisk past working class commuters riding overcrowded buses and trains. In reality, congestion pricing won't discourage the rich from driving in. However, it will heavily penalize workers with inadequate public transit options.

But it's not only Steve Harrison who has been opposed to Congestion Pricing - it's also 74% of Staten Islanders.

With the MTA once again looking at Congestion Pricing, Harrison is still the only Democratic candidate for Congress who is against Congestion Pricing.

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At 10:58 AM, Blogger Ahmed Kokon said...

Councilman Oddo also brings up a good point:

"We have confidence that the Bloomberg administration will treat Staten Island fairly. If these decisions are left to the MTA, then we would be foolish on Staten Island to think that a one-way relationship is suddenly going to be turned the other way, and we will be treated fairly."

Since the decision ultimately rests with the MTA board - how can they be trusted again?


At 6:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

has there been a study to indicate who commutes to work via car and what their salary is?


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