New York, NY —
The commission currently hunting for a plan to reduce traffic in Manhattan has a tall order to meet over the next 3 weeks. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.
The chairman of the panel, Marc Shaw, says that the point is to come up with a plan that will not only reduce traffic, but also get approved by the state legislature.
Those 2 goals may be contradictory however.
The main options before the panel's 17 members would require charging drivers to come into central Manhattan, either through tolls on bridges or a daily fee.
And so far, many legislators from outside Manhattan believe those measures single out their constituents. At the panel's next-to-last meeting on Thursday, Westchester Assemblyman Richard Brodsky continued his opposition, saying that congestion pricing restricts access to streets based on people's ability to pay.
The commission will vote on a final recommendation January 31st. For WNYC, I'm Matthew Schuerman.