Still Talking Congestion Pricing Edition – Streetsblog New York City
Congestion pricing made headlines again, thanks to the continuation of the Times on our initial report on the small increase in truck traffic that the Bronx may experience if the MTA fails to set the appropriate toll and further mitigate the trucks
The article wasn’t bad, for what it was, but it lacked a number of things, which the Congestion Pricing Now coalition pointed out in a statement:
“The New York Times article failed to point out that without congestion pricing, the public transit system that New Yorkers rely on – especially low- and middle-income New Yorkers – will deteriorate, air quality will deteriorate and traffic will continue to choke our city,” the statement read.
Speaking of Congestion Pricing Beneficiaries, Opposing Council Member Bob Holden took a very dim view on Twitter yesterday, comparing the MTA to a trust fund kid always borrowing money from you – yes, except no trust fund children hold the entire regional economy in their hands and trust fund children do not tend to promote investment in public transit on behalf of New Yorkers in the everyday working class.
I stood with colleagues to oppose #congestionpricingthat kicks middle- and working-class New Yorkers when they’re down. @MTA is like that friend from college you stopped hanging out with because he was always screaming poverty and borrowing money, despite having a trust fund. pic.twitter.com/SUwPhUdocF
—Robert Holden (@BobHoldenNYC) September 12, 2022
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Lee Zeldin made the same speech about anti-congestion pricing, blaming the MTA for ‘waste’ and also repeating the lie that congestion pricing will hurt low-income people the most. revenue. In fact, it will boost public transit, which is disproportionately used by low-income residents (New York Post). And Politics NY Covered the presser with Holden and Co.
In other news:
- Ross Barkan had a good take on the brain drain from the Adams administration: The mayor doesn’t think it’s a big deal because he doesn’t have a real agenda that he needs workers to realize.
- Workers hired to clean subway trains during Covid are hoping to be retained. (The city)
- It’s nice to see a city deal with the noise of cars and trucks. Hint: This is not an exceptional New York. (Politics)
- How about a half price ferry ride for students? (amNY)
- We couldn’t help but notice Manhattan Council Member Julie Won Tweeter about how she toured the Queensboro Bridge with DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez as well as staff from the offices of Council Members Selvena Brooks-Powers and Julie Menin, so we asked if pols had persuaded the agency to accelerating its schedule so that pedestrians and cyclists are no longer at risk on the crowded, narrow, two-way pedestrian and cycle lane. Bad luck: DOT told us that the current schedule for delays — late 2023 — is still in place.
- John Oliver told the truth about “Law & Order”. (Last week tonight)
- Our colleague Arthur Chi’en spotted what appears to be magic – but it’s actually just a scofflaw with a louvered lid, very similar to the one Holden spotted last year:
—Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) September 12, 2022
- Finally, Streetsblog friend Tony Melone was thrilled to be featured (anonymously) in Ginia Bellafante. solid Times column in support of congestion pricing:
— Tony Melone (@tonymelone) September 12, 2022