01 April 2008

Congestion Pricing for Manhattan

City Council has approved Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan, under which drivers would pay $8 to enter Manhattan below 60th Street between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays.

This is good. Reduced congestion will speed trips for buses and taxis, and the revenue raised by the plan will pay for additional bus and subway services.

Next, the proposal goes to Albany, where Sheldon Silver has been non-committal about whether he will support the plan. If you're reading this, please write him a letter or make a phone call:

250 Broadway
Suite 2307
New York, NY 10007
212-312-1420

or send him an email via this link: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=064&sh=con.