MIL-OSI USA: IN RESPONSE TO RELENTLESS PRESSURE FROM CONGRESSMAN RYAN, GOVERNOR HOCHUL AND MTA ANNOUNCE PAUSE ON ‘UNFAIR, UNINFORMED, AND UNACCEPTABLE’ CONGESTION PRICING PLAN

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Pat Ryan (New York 18th)

In Response to Relentless Pressure from Congressman Ryan, Governor Hochul and MTA Announce Pause on ‘Unfair, Uninformed, and Unacceptable’ Congestion Pricing Plan 

Earlier this year, the MTA approved a much-maligned congestion pricing “plan” which will charge Hudson Valley families $15 per day to commute to Manhattan Central Business District, without committing to service improvements or meaningful discounts for commuting city employees

Today’s announcement to pause that plan follows an extended pressure campaign by Congressman Ryan and families across the Hudson Valley

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in response to an aggressive year-long push by Congressman Ryan and families across the Hudson Valley, Governor Hochul and the MTA announced a pause to their unfair, uninformed, and unacceptable congestion pricing plan, which would have charged Hudson Valley families $15 per day to commute to Manhattan’s Central Business District, without any commitments to service improvements or meaningful discounts for commuting city employees. 

“Since day one, I’ve fought alongside countless Hudson Valley families against this unfair, uninformed, and unacceptable congestion pricing plan. Today, I’m proud to say we’ve stopped congestion pricing in its tracks,” said Congressman Pat Ryan. “Now it’s time to get to work on a plan that actually makes sense for the entire state, not just New York City, including commitments to significant service additions and meaningful discounts for public servants. I’ll continue to stand up to anyone, regardless of party, who tries to rip off hard-working Hudson Valley families.”

Congressman Ryan has relentlessly fought against the MTA’s congestion pricing plan since day one. This year alone, Ryan has taken the following actions: 

In January, remarking that, “the MTA has systematically failed the Hudson Valley,” Ryan demanded the MTA hold in-person hearings in the Hudson Valley to “hear first-hand from the working class families whose opinions they’ve ignored for decades.”

In February, joined by Cornwall-on-Hudson Mayor James A. Gagliano, and Cornwall Town Supervisor Josh Wojehowski, Ryan hosted local community leaders, members of both the FDNY and NYPD, and representatives of numerous local unions for a public hearing on the MTA’s congestion pricing plan. At the hearing, Congressman Ryan slammed the MTA as out of touch for disproportionately burdening Hudson Valley commuters with its proposed massive $15 per day congestion pricing toll and for failing to provide reliable alternative public transportation options to the Hudson Valley.

In March, following an MTA Board vote to advance the congestion pricing plan, Ryan again slammed the plan, noting, “This ‘plan’ is completely detached from reality, and it cannot stand.”

In April, ahead of a planned vote by the MTA board on discounts for Metro-North and LIRR riders within the 5 boroughs, Congressmen Pat Ryan and Mike Lawler demanded the MTA extend these discounts to all Metro-North and LIRR riders. Ryan assailed the discount as “yet another example of Hudson Valley residents paying their hard-earned tax dollars to the MTA, only to watch all the benefits go to New York City.”

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