The Times Wants Congestion Pricing
March 26th, 2006

An editorial today in the New York Times calls on New York City to follow the example of London and institute congestion pricing — charging daytime drivers a fee for entering the central business district. London has seen a drop of nearly one-third in vehicle traffic. Gridlock can be measured in appointments missed, tardiness, environmental damage and even elevated blood pressure, the Times editorial observes. Taking a third of the vehicles off New York’s most heavily used streets can’t hurt.

The editorial cites by name the study conducted by Bruce Schaller, Gotham Gazettes transportation topic page writer, on the effects of such a plan in New York City. For details, see Schallers March update
Congestion Pricing, and an earlier Issue of the Week by Gail Robinson, Endless Traffic: Can It End?

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4 Responses to “The Times Wants Congestion Pricing”

  1. Larry Littlefield Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 7:58 am

    In this case I agree with the Times.

    Once again, however, the people who matter are those whose interests are served — in this case those who drive to Manhattan AND would not be willing to pay for a faster commute. That is, the political class, who get free on-street permit parking.

  2. Glenn Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 1:31 pm

    Congestion pricing should be part of a coordinated plan to reduce all non-essential traffic, starting with all the governmental employees that get free parking permits from the city. There should be a top to bottom review and a goal set of 50% reduction in the number of permits. Other ideas would be to charge for all street parking in the CBD. It would also help a lot if we switched all the surface bus lines over to Bus Rapid Transit or streetcars or any way of dedicating a lane of traffic to high volume vehicles over single occupant vehicles.

  3. Trffc Says:
    March 29th, 2006 at 9:30 am

    The city needs to sell the idea of tolled East River Bridges with a tax break for the masses. Once the city collects a toll on its bridges, it can better afford to drop its portion of the clothing sales tax, and to finance improved transit without further tax increases.

    If the city doesn’t have the backbone to charge cars for crossing the “free” East River Bridges in the immediate future, perhaps we can start with charging trucks and commercial vehicles.

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