NEW YORK CITY — Congestion in New York City threatens to grind its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic to a halt, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned.
But de Blasio stated that is provided that MTA does not get its visitors act collectively.
“I’ve got a solution for them about this,” he stated Tuesday, holding up an enormous prop test for the $15 billion congestion pricing would deliver MTA.
Congestion pricing is the long-awaited, long-delayed measure to position tolls on vehicles coming into Manhattan beneath 61st Street.
Advocates argue not solely will congestion pricing cut back visitors, but in addition elevate income for worthwhile transit initiatives.
“We want to fix the horrible flooding that we saw last week, if we want to make sure the signals are fixed so the trains actually can move, if you want modern stations: here it is,” de Blasio stated.
Hizzoner’s salvo towards MTA adopted two latest studies about bureaucratic visitors jams attributable to transit and state officers.
A New York Post report detailed a latest research that discovered New York City is the nation’s most gridlocked main metropolis. The congestion threatens town’s reopening, the Post reported.
Likewise, a New York Daily News report detailed how MTA officers have but to have needed congestion pricing talks with New Jersey transportation officers.
“They haven’t even had a single meeting,” de Blasio stated. “This is ridiculous.”
Many transit advocates give de Blasio at greatest a blended rating on efforts to wean town off its reliance on automobiles. But, nonetheless, he obtained help throughout his congestion pricing push from Brooklyn Borough President nominee Antonio Reynoso and state Assembly Member Robert Carroll.
“It is unacceptable that the state, which controls the MTA, is not moving on this critical, critical issue,” Carroll stated.
Ken Lovett, senior advisor to the MTA chairman and CEO, rapidly issued an announcement rebutting the cost that the transit company is gradual strolling the method.
“There is a federally-required process,” Lovett stated. “The MTA is following that detailed process which doesn’t allow arbitrarily cutting corners. An Environmental Assessment is complicated and we are working through issues with the Federal Highway Administration and our partners at the New York City and New York State Departments of Transportation. As we have said repeatedly, the Central Business District Tolling Program will be a huge environmental benefit for the region while also providing a major boost to mass transit, and we’re working diligently to implement it as soon as possible.”