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Congestion Pricing: Week Two

Monday, March 31, 2008

We continue our look at congestion pricing with Gene Russianoff, staff attorney at NYPIRG Straphangers campaign, and Liz Benjamin, columnist at the New York Daily News.

Guests:

Gene Russianoff

Comments [6]

James J. Warfield from NYC

Brian is correct that the "Devil is in the Details" - however, the details are not in the legislation -- they are in the traffic studies. The traffic studies have not been released. Statements like “overall traffic improves” is not informative without the data for locations at high risk for gridlock, such as the FDR and West Side Highway where southbound traffic is likely to try to exit at points already so overloaded with traffic that several traffic police are already employed during rush hours. Traffic studies should also project additional weekend and evening traffic generated by those attempting to avoid fees. WE NEED TO SEE THE TRAFFIC STUDIES – and have them evaluated by independent traffic engineers. Congestion pricing is about TRAFFIC – not equity, freedom, or other lofty principles. We need to understand the traffic implications first – then go on to other issues.

James J. Warfield, JD, PhD
Columbia University
Director, EPIC - Environmental Protection through Incentives and Commerce

C.O.O., Center for Environment, Economy, and Society

212-854-8184 (this phone out of service April 1 -- we are moving)
917-881-8451

Mar. 31 2008 10:27 PM
Common Sense from the bridge

New York is a trip! We talk about traffic problems and the different ways to solve them, and then they close the entire upper level of the 59th street bridge yesterday for a film shoot. Radio would never do that!

Mar. 31 2008 07:09 PM
DP from Brooklyn

Why don't we make this fund open so the public can monitor the money generated?

Mar. 31 2008 11:58 AM
Simon from Manhattan

btw. i've lived in london for 2 years and came back to nyc about a year ago... as much as we hear these fees have been a great success, that is not considered to be the case over there.

Mar. 31 2008 11:57 AM
Simon from Manhattan

What does a lockbox even mean. Even if they guaranteed the entire amount goes to transit, given the current circumstances nothing stops the gov't from reducing their regular funding since congestion fees are in place. Basically, moving the entire cost into a new tax.

Mar. 31 2008 11:55 AM
bobby from east village

i was just in london and took buses everywhere i went. you know what? they moved!

Mar. 31 2008 11:54 AM

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