MIL-OSI USA: Statement from Congressman Dan Goldman Following Governor Kathy Hochul’s Indefinite Postponement of Congestion Pricing Implementation

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Dan Goldman (NY-10)

New York, NY – Congressman Dan Goldman (NY-10) today released the following statement following New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s announcement that congestion pricing implementation would be postponed indefinitely. 

“I am concerned that after years of delays and setbacks, implementation of congestion pricing is once again being postponed.  

“Congestion on our streets has reached untenable levels, leaving our neighborhoods at increasing risk of traffic violence, hindering the ability of our buses and emergency vehicles to operate efficiently, and exacerbating the effects of climate change. In addition, our subways and buses are in desperate need of significant capital improvement and modernization. 

“If done right, congestion pricing remains the only identified viable long-term solution to addressing excessive congestion and environmental impacts while also meeting the needs of New York’s public transit system.  

“I am also sensitive to the different economic environment we face than in 2019, before the pandemic, and the affordability concerns shared by so many working New Yorkers. Yet the fact remains that the overwhelming majority of congestion pricing’s effects will benefit the overwhelming majority of working-class New Yorkers who depend on our transit system.

“I am encouraged that Governor Hochul intends to identify an alternative revenue stream to ensure that the MTA’s capital improvement plan can move forward in the near-term. But we must still not lose sight of the long-term benefits that an effective congestion pricing plan can bring to our public transportation system.

“I look forward to working with Governor Hochul and the MTA to ensure that this temporary pause is just that – temporary. Together, we can forge a path towards a greener, cleaner, and safer New York.”