Mayor Invoice de Blasio continued his multi-day push for congestion pricing on Tuesday — lugging out an enormous $15 billion verify representing the cash the tolls would increase whereas accusing the state-run MTA of dragging its toes as New York Metropolis site visitors will get worse.
De Blasio — who final week chose Sherif Soliman to serve on the committee that will set the tolls — mentioned the MTA was “not appearing” regardless of having obtained the go-ahead from the Biden administration.
“What’s taking place with congestion pricing? Once you have a look at the state of New York, while you have a look at the MTA, you hear the sound of crickets, as a result of nothing is going on,” he mentioned. “The state, the MTA should not appearing. They’re not naming members, they’re not calling the assembly, they’re not shifting the method.”
The feedback marked the third time within the final week Hizzoner touted congestion pricing, which he refused to help till MTA funds hit the bathroom in 2019.
He additionally cited a current Post report about New York’s worst-in-the-nation site visitors.
“New Yorkers are spending an excessive amount of time of their vehicles caught in site visitors. That’s not the best way we would like they wish to stay,” the mayor mentioned. “As soon as now we have congestion pricing, we’re going to assist to cease the gridlock and assist New York Metropolis to maneuver round and get $15 billion coming to repair the subways as soon as and for all.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo handed congestion pricing in 2019 to lift $15 billion over 4 years for mass transit. Tolls have been scheduled to start out this yr however stalled when President Donald Trump’s administration declined to present it the go-ahead.
The Federal Freeway Administration finally green-lit the tolls in March — permitting the MTA to proceed with a shorter environmental evaluate of this system.
Transit officers have mentioned little publicly about congestion pricing because the FHWA’s determination. A rep for the MTA mentioned final week that the Feds require “sturdy public outreach,” and that the authority is “early into that course of.”
Authority officers didn’t instantly present touch upon Tuesday.