Albany must protect Congestion Pricing to #FixOurSubway and make our streets safe.
Our transportation system is in a state of crisis. Cuts to basic upkeep have crippled the subway and bus networks. Delays on the subway have tripled over the last five years. Streets are clogged with traffic, which results in buses that travel at walking speeds, delayed deliveries, and increased danger to pedestrians and bicyclists. Meanwhile, subway and bus fares went up this year, while drivers in private vehicles -- the least efficient, most dangerous, and highest polluting commuters -- travel for free.
Under a congestion pricing plan, cars will pay their fair share -- a small fee, similar to a Metrocard swipe -- when they drive in central Manhattan. In exchange, they’ll get to where they need to go faster, and the subway will get billions of dollars for improvements.
While opponents of congestion pricing may have lost the battle last March, there are still plenty of opportunities to weaken or derail the plan before implementation in 2021.
Don't let naysayers weaken congestion pricing: Tell Albany to ensure the boldest, most comprehensive congestion pricing plan is enacted
As your constituent, I'm counting on you to pushback on naysayers who would like to keep the current status quo of clogged and deadly streets that are affecting most New Yorkers everyday.