Time Running Out For Congestion Pricing

Congestion pricing continues to hang in limbo in Albany with time running out ahead of the budget deadline.

Mayor Bill de Blasio rode the subway on Thursday, trying to rally riders to support the measure to charge drivers a fee for traveling below 60th Street in Manhattan. The added revenue would pay for subway repairs and improvements.

“April 1st is D-day. We need a plan by April 1st that will create a true, sustainable funding source for the MTA. We need a plan that will actually fix the MTA. I think the plan the Governor and I put forward is the best one,” Mayor de Blasio said.

The mayor and Governor Andrew Cuomo want congestion pricing included as part of a budget deal, which is due on April 1st. De Blasio said he’s been talking to state lawmakers to get it passed.

“I’m someone who had questions, too, about congestion pricing but there’s no other option now. This is the only plan that will work. And I also think we put forward a plan that is better than the previous versions,” de Blasio said.

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