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teams are in favor of NYC congestion pricing — right here's why – New Jersey 101.5 FM


Whereas a plan that would cost Backyard State drivers an additional price of as much as $23 throughout peak hours to journey into Manhattan awaits federal approval, advocates for the plan recommend too many individuals are targeted on the greenback indicators and never the reasoning behind the proposal.

An prolonged remark interval on New York’s congestion pricing plan just lately wrapped up. Now it is on the state’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority to submit a response to the Federal Freeway Administration and see in the event that they’re granted approval to maneuver forward with the plan that goals to scale back the automobile load within the Central Enterprise District and usher in additional income for transit initiatives.

An official price scale has not but been determined. Proposals have ranged from $9 to $23 for non-commercial autos touring under sixtieth Road throughout peak hours.

“This is not about penalizing you, particularly. It is a few mode shift,” Renae Reynolds, government director of Tri-State Transportation Marketing campaign, advised New Jersey 101.5. “It is about investing in mass transit, it is about saying, perhaps you do not have to drive into the CBD each day.”

Rendering of NYC congestion pricing

Rendering of a proposed mast arm housing tolling infrastructure and tolling system tools over the roadway at Broadway between sixtieth and 61st Streets in Manhattan (MTA)

In response to an evaluation by TSTC, greater than 75% of New Jersey-Manhattan commuters journey public transit. Lower than 2% of New Jersey staff general could be topic to the brand new cost, the evaluation discovered, and the median revenue of New Jersey automotive commuters into Manhattan is $107,996.

“Congestion pricing is placing an enormous thumb on the dimensions to scale back driving and encourage transit ridership, cut back air air pollution and local weather pollution,” mentioned Doug O’Malley, director of the Surroundings New Jersey.

Plan supporters held a rally Thursday in Jersey Metropolis, arguing that the advantages of tolling the busy industrial district to fund public transit can be shared by New Jerseyans and New Yorkers.

“For the small proportion that do need or must proceed driving into town, they’ll have much less site visitors,” mentioned Zoe Baldwin, New Jersey director for Regional Plan Affiliation.

On the identical day because the rally, the New Jersey Meeting Transportation and Unbiased Authorities Committee superior a decision that opposes the congestion pricing plan.

“In New Jersey, we’re being disproportionately punished by congestion pricing,” Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips, R-Bergen, mentioned earlier than the vote.

Gov. Phil Murphy has indicated that he “loves the concept” of congestion pricing, however prompt it ought to solely happen if New Jersey drivers are given credit for tolls already paid on the Hudson River crossings.

Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You’ll be able to attain him at [email protected]

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