Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who's running for mayor this year and has thus far shown only moderate interest in local infrastructure questions, today promised to out-do Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the issue.(2)
This week, subway and bus riders in New York City got hit with their fourth fare hike in five years.(3)
Is the support for congestion pricing among readers online reflective of the support it has among voters in real life? The only way to realy know is through polling.(1)
Council Speaker Christine Quinn today basically came out against congestion pricing, telling audience members at a New York Law School event, "I don't anticipate congestion pricing coming back around."(4)
New York State infrastructure is woefully underfinanced, and if investment in infrastructure lags, so will the state's economy, according to a new report from the State Budget Crisis Task Force, chaired by Richard Ravitch, the former New York lieutenant governor credited with rescuing the M.T.A., and Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve.
For transit advocates, Michael Bloomberg's mayoralty has been a relative golden age.(1)
"I always get a chuckle when people start talking about congestion pricing as if it's a new idea," said M.T.A. chairman Joe Lhota today, on WNYC. "It's implemented in New York State. It's over 40 years old."
"Please, no matter what you do, do not call it 'Sam's congestion pricing plan,'" pleaded transportation engineer Sam Schwartz today to a Municipal Art Society conference at Jazz at Lincoln Center. "It is more than congestion pricing."
What is it?
"It's more a master plan for the City of New York that is evolving."
Congestion pricing is dead, the government seems ever more unwilling to fund New York City's mass transit system, and the authority that runs that system continues to take on debt, with no apparent end in sight.
Last week, following a jaunt on the Staten Island Ferry during which he rhapsodized about its romantic possibilities, Mayor Michael Bloomberg espoused a dreamy idea of another sort.(4)
Michael Bloomberg took the Staten Island Ferry today, and soon afterward said that, in a perfect world, people would pay to use cars but not mass transit.(2)
M.T.A. chief Joe Lhota said today that he wishes the candidates vying to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2014 would talk about mass transit, and how to pay for it.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg once had another plan to fund the M.T.A.—congestion pricing, which failed in Albany—and today, when a reporter asked him if there was a plan in place should the court's decision not be overturned, he offered a very sarcastic rendition of an old tune.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning said subway stations don't need letter grades, they need more money, just like taxi drivers. Also, the fact he can no longer fly his helicopter on weekends from the 34th Street heliport won't affect his own more elite travel methods.
(Gridlock) Sam Schwartz, the former city traffic commissioner and current congrestion-pricing evangelist, has for a while now been making the rounds of the New York establishment, pitching a new plan to place tolls on the free East River bridges.